Today radio broadcasting still makes up a large part of the corporation's output - the title of the BBC's listings magazine, Radio Times, reflects this.
On 1 January 1927 the British Broadcasting Company was succeeded in monopoly control of the airwaves by the British Broadcasting Corporation, under the terms of a Royal Charter.
It was an important forerunner of pirate radio and modern commercial radio in the United Kingdom.
The onset of World War II silenced all but one of the original IBC stations, only Radio Luxembourg continued its nightly transmissions to Britain.
Although no other broadcasting organisation was licensed in the UK until 1973, commercial competition soon opened up from overseas.
The English language service of Radio Luxembourg began in 1933 as one of the earliest commercial radio stations broadcasting to Britain and Ireland.
With no possibility of commercial broadcasting available from inside the UK, a former British Royal Air Force captain and entrepreneur (and from 1935 Conservative Party member of parliament) named Leonard F.
One of the stations called Radio London ("Big L") was so successful that the BBC was told to copy it as best they could.Tony Blackburn who presented the very first BBC Radio One morning show had previously presented the same morning show on Radio Caroline and later on Big L.He attempted to duplicate the same sound for BBC Radio One.The BBC hired many out-of-work broadcasting staff who had come from the former offshore stations.Kenny Everett was asked for input in how to run the new Pop station due to his popularity with both listeners and fellow presenters.