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BBC Radio is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927. For a history of BBC radio prior to 1927 see British Broadcasting Company, Ltd. Image File history File links Portal. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ... A Royal Charter is a charter given by a monarch to legitimize an incorporated body, such as a city, company, university or such. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The British Broadcasting Company Ltd was a British commercial company formed on October 18, 1922 by British and American electrical companies doing business in the United Kingdom. ...

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Stations

National

The BBC today runs ten national domestic radio stations, four of which are only available in a digital format: via DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting – i.e. Digital Radio), the Internet or the different forms of Digital Television in the UK. Digital Audio Broadcasting or DAB is a technology for broadcasting audio programming in digital form that was designed in the late 1980s. ...


The "main" stations, available via both analogue and digital, are

The new digital-only stations are BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music aimed at the 16-24 age bracket. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is the most popular station in the UK. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in Western House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Middle of the road or MOR is a broad term encompassing a number of musical styles. ... BBC Radio 3 is a domestic UK BBC radio station, which devotes most of its schedule to classical music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form that originated around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in African American musical styles blended with Western music technique and theory. ... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world [1]. More specifically, the term is currently used to classify the many genres of non-western music which were previously described as folk music or ethnic music. Succinctly, it can be described as local music from out there [2... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... BBC Radio Five Live is the BBCs radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ... Asian Network logo BBC Asian Network studio at The Mailbox shopping centre, Birmingham. ... Map of South Asia (see note on Kashmir) South Asia, also known as Southern Asia, is a southern geopolitical region of the Asian continent comprising territories on and in proximity to the Indian subcontinent. ... In general, the midlands of a territory are its central regions. ... Mediumwave radio transmissions serves as the most common band for broadcasting. ...

BBC 6 Music is one of the BBCs newest radio stations, launched on March 11, 2002 and originally codenamed Network Y. It is only available via digital media - DAB radio, the Internet and the various forms of digital television. ... BBC 7 is a digital radio station broadcasting comedy, drama, and childrens programming 24 hours a day. ... BBC 1Xtra is a UK radio station from the BBC specialising in urban music. ... Urban is in or having to do with cities, as distinct from rural areas. ... BBC Five Live Sports Extra is an additional radio service provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation via digital radio and the digital satellite and digital terrestrial television services in the UK. It is not available via normal analogue radio. ...

Regional

The BBC also runs regional radio stations throughout the UK, for example BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Devon. These stations focus on regional issues to a greater extent than their national counterparts, organising live phone-in debates about these issues, as well as lighter talk shows with music from different decades of the 20th Century. Compared to many advertising-funded Independent Local Radio (ILR) stations, which often broadcast contemporary popular music, BBC Local Radio stations offer a more "serious" alternative. BBC Local Radio is the BBCs regional radio service for England and the Channel Islands, consisting of 40 stations. ...


Broadcast

BBC Radio services are broadcast on various FM and AM frequencies, and also now on digital radio. FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... Digital Audio Broadcasting or DAB is a technology for broadcasting audio programming in digital form that was designed in the late 1980s. ...


They are also available on Digital Television sets in the UK, and for 7 days after broadcast on the bbc.co.uk website; a number of trials are also underway of MP3 downloads and podcasting for selected shows - see bbc.co.uk#Streaming media. The URL bbc. ... MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding and lossy compression format, designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio to most listeners. ... Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio or video programs, over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. ... The URL bbc. ...


Programming

Throughout its history the BBC has produced far too many programmes to list here in full. Some particularly significant, influential, popular or long lasting programmes include:

For more BBC radio programmes see Category:BBC radio programmes. See also The Childrens Hour Childrens Hour—at first: The Childrens Hour, from a verse by Longfellow (1)—was the name of the BBCs principal recreational service for children (as distinct from Broadcasts to Schools) during the period when radio dominated broadcasting. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... ITMA was a 1940s BBC radio comedy programme. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... 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Letter from America was a weekly 15 minute radio series on BBC Radio 4, previously called the Home Service, which ran for 2,869 shows from March 24, 1946 to February 20, 2004, making it the longest-running speech radio programme in history. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alistair Cooke, KBE, (November 20, 1908 – March 30, 2004) was a legendary British-American journalist and broadcaster. ... Womans Hour is a magazine programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the United Kingdom. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Gardeners Question Time is a long-running BBC Radio 4 programme in which amateur gardeners can put questions to a panel of experts. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Any Questions? is a topical debate radio programme in the United Kingdom. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... A Reith Lecture is a lecture in a series of annual radio lectures given by leading figures of the day, and broadcast by the BBC. They were begun in 1948, in honour of the first Director-General of the BBC, John Reith. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... The Archers is a British radio soap opera broadcast on the BBCs main national spoken-word radio channel, Radio 4. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television... DVD of The Last Goon Show of All, aired by the BBC in 1972. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Surrealism[1] is a movement stating that the liberation of our mind, and subsequently the liberation of the individual self and society, can be achieved by exercising the imaginative faculties of the unconscious mind to the attainment of a dream-like state different from, or ultimately ‘truer’ than, everyday reality. ... Journey Into Space was a science fiction BBC Radio series written by BBC producer Charles Chilton. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Hancocks Half Hour was a famous BBC radio comedy series of the 1950s starring Tony Hancock. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Test Match Special (known as TMS) is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (long Wave). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the insect, see Cricket (insect). ... Today, commonly referred to as the Today programme to avoid ambiguity, is BBC Radio 4s long-running early morning news and current affairs programme, which is now broadcast from 6am to 9am from Monday to Friday and from 7am to 9am on Saturdays. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Im Sorry, Ill Read That Again was a long-running BBC radio comedy programme that originally grew out of the Cambridge University Footlights revue Cambridge Circus. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Round the Horne was one of the most influential BBC Radio comedy programmes, comparable to The Goon Show in its influence on other comedy programmes. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Look up Innuendo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ... Polari (or alternatively Palare, from Italian parlare, to talk) was a form of cant slang used in the gay subculture in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, although its origins can be traced back to at least the nineteenth century. ... Just a Minute is a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy panel game which has been running continuously since its first broadcast on December 22, 1967. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... A game show is a radio or television program, involving members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... Top Gear was a progressive music show in the early years of BBC Radio 1 (from 1967 into the 1970s) hosted variously by Pete Drummond and, most famously, John Peel. ... Autobiography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cover for, Im Sorry I Havent a Clue Collection 1 (Volumes 1-3). From left-to-right, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Willie Rushton. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The cover of the booklet included with the Collectors Edition CD set release of the first two Hitchhikers radio series. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Douglas Noël Adams (March 11, 1952 – May 11, 2001) was a British author, comic radio dramatist, and amateur musician. ...


History of BBC Radio

The BBC radio services began in 1922 with the British Broadcasting Company, Ltd., which was licensed under pressure to provide a radio service for the British public. It was licensed by the British Government through its General Post Office which had original control of the airwaves because they had been interpreted under law as an extension of the Post Office services. Today radio broadcasting still makes up a large part of the corporation's output and this is still reflected in the title of the BBC's listings magazine called Radio Times. The British Broadcasting Company Ltd was a British commercial company formed on October 18, 1922 by British and American electrical companies doing business in the United Kingdom. ... The term General Post Office is or has been used by a number of postal and telecommunications governmental administrations worldwide, including: United Kingdom until 1969, see Post Office UK. After 1981 see Royal Mail for a continuing history of the British Post Office. ... Current Radio Times logo Radio Times is the BBCs weekly television and radio programme listings magazine. ...


First charter

In 1927 the British Broadcasting Company became the British Broadcasting Corporation and gained control of the airwaves under the terms of a Royal Charter. John Reith, who had been the founding Managing Director of the commercial company, became the first director. He expounded firm principles of centralised, all-encompassing radio broadcasting, stressing programming standards and moral tone. These are set out in his autobiography, Broadcast Over Britain (1924). Reith's ideas were highly influential on modern ideas of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom. To this day, the BBC claims to follow the Reithian directive to "inform, educate and entertain". Critics of his approach claim that he was dictatorial and that he imposed a theocratic viewpoint on the broadcasting service. Reith's ideals were utterly at odds with the model of light entertainment based commercial radio adopted in some other countries (e.g. the USA). This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... A Royal Charter is a charter given by a monarch to legitimize an incorporated body, such as a city, company, university or such. ... John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith (July 20, 1889 - June 16, 1971), later Sir John Reith (1927-), then Baron Reith (1940-) established the British tradition of independent public service broadcasting. ... In the United Kingdom the term public service broadcasting (PSB) refers to broadcasting intended for the public benefit rather than for purely commercial concerns. ...


Competition from overseas stations

Although no other broadcasting organisation was licensed in the UK until 1973, commercial competition soon opened up from overseas. The commercial competitors were for the most part represented by the International Broadcasting Company that bought blocks of airtime on transmitters based in Europe outside of the British Isles. In the period from 1927 to 1939, light entertainment on the British airwaves was for the most part the domain of the 10 part-time English language IBC stations. By 1938 on Sundays upwards of 80% of the British audience turned their dials away from the BBC to these IBC stations which followed an American format of commercial broadcasting. They were eventually silenced by the advent of the German military taking control of their transmitters in France, Luxembourg and other countries during World War II. ... NB *See note on Irish Governments perception of the term British Isles directly below. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Bundeswehr is the armed forces of Germany. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...

General Charles de Gaulle speaking on the BBC during the war.
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General Charles de Gaulle speaking on the BBC during the war.

Image File history File links De-gaulle-radio. ... Image File history File links De-gaulle-radio. ... Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle ( ) (22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970), in France commonly referred to as Général de Gaulle, was a French military leader and statesman. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ...

American Armed Forces influence

The respite from American influence on British broadcasting was short lived. When the US military flooded Europe with troops during World War II, American-style programming followed and the BBC was forced to transmit these shows, first on the BBC Forces Programme and later on the BBC General Forces Programme, both on the former frequencies of the BBC National Programme. After the war the BBC Forces transmitters that had carried these shows were transformed into a network called the BBC Light Programme. The BBC Forces Programme was a BBC radio station from 7 January 1940 until 26 February 1944 // Foundation Upon the outbreak of World War II, the BBC closed the existing BBC National Programme and BBC Regional Programme, combining the two to form a single channel known as the BBC Home... The BBC General Forces Programme was a BBC radio station from 27 February 1944 until 31 December 1946. ... The BBC National Programme was a BBC radio station from the 1920s until the outbreak of World War II. // Foundation When the BBC first began transmissions on 14 November 1922, the technology for both national coverage and joint programming between transmitters did not exist - transmitter powers were generally in the... The Light Programme was a BBC radio station broadcasting mainstream light entertainment and music. ...


The original BBC stations which had been linked together to form the BBC Regional Programme were transfomed into the BBC Home Service. A third part-time service was created under the name of the BBC Third Programme. For the history of these stations see Timeline of the BBC. The BBC Regional Programme was a BBC radio station from the 1920s until the outbreak of World War II. // Foundation When the BBC first began transmissions on 14 November 1922, the technology for both national coverage and joint programming between transmitters did not exist. ... The BBC Home Service was the original name for Radio 4 and was on the air from 1939 until 30 September 1967. ... The BBC Third Programme was the third national radio network broadcast by the BBC, has since become Radio 3, but was originally known (at least within the BBC) as C. The other two were the Home Service (mainly speech based) and the Light Programme, dedicated to light music, usually cover... This is a timeline of the history of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ...


Another operation had originally been called the BBC Empire Service and later the BBC General Overseas Service, but it served a different purpose from the domestic stations. It later became known as the BBC World Service and it was formed at the behest of the British Foreign Office. radio programming, transmitting in 43 languages to around 150 million people throughout the world. ... The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters of radio programming, transmitting in 33 languages to many parts of the world. ...


Commercial radio influence

WWII silenced all but one of the original IBC stations and Radio Luxembourg continued its nightly tranmsissions to Britain as a commercial radio station featuring American-style entertainment and religion. Beginning in 1964 the first in what became a fleet of 10 offshore pirate radio stations began to ring the British coastline. By 1967 millions were tuning into these commercial operations and the BBC was rapidly losing its radio listening audience. Radio Luxembourg (1933-1992, 2005-)was an important forerunner of pirate radio and modern commercial radio in Europe. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The term pirate radio lacks a specific universal interpretation. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


The British Government reacted by imposing a draconian censorship law which all but wiped out all of the stations by midnight on August 14, 1967. One of the stations called Wonderful Radio London ("Big L") was so successful that the BBC was told to copy it as best they could. The creator of BBC Radio One told the press that his family had been fans of that station. The BBC hired many out-of-work broadcasting staff who had come from the former offshore stations, including Tony Blackburn who presented the very first BBC Radio One morning show. He had previously presented the same morning show on Radio Caroline and Tony Blackburn attempted to duplicate the same sound for BBC Radio One. Among the other djs hired was the late John Peel who had presented the overnight show on "Big L". That station's PAMS jingles were commissioned to be resung in Dallas, Texas so that "Wonderful Radio London" became "Wonderful Radio One on BBC". August 14 is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (227th in leap years), with 139 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Wonderful Radio Londons transmitter ship, the MV Galaxy Wonderful Radio London or “Big L” was a United Kingdom unlicenced off-shore commercial station, with studios and transmitter aboard a former US Minesweeper anchored three and a half miles off Southeast England from late December 1964, until 3 p. ... Tony Blackburn (born January 29, 1943 in Guildford, Surrey, England) is an award winning British disc jockey. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Autobiography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ... PAMS of Dallas (Production,Advertising and Merchandising Services)was the most famous jingle production company in American broadcasting. ... A jingle is a memorable advertising slogan set to an engaging melody, mainly broadcast on radio. ... Dallas redirects here. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


New BBC networks

BBC Radio 1 was launched as a part-time pop music station September 30, 1967. The BBC Light Programme was renamed Radio 2 and broadcast easy listening, folk, jazz and light entertainment. The BBC Third Programme was renamed Radio 3 and the BBC Home Service became Radio 4. BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music aimed at the 16-24 age bracket. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


BBC Radio 5 was launched on 27 August 1990 as a home for sport and children's programming, and was it later renamed BBC Radio Five Live when it became a dedicated news and sport network. August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... BBC Radio Five Live is the BBCs radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ...


See also

BBC Local Radio is the BBCs regional radio service for England and the Channel Islands, consisting of 40 stations. ... BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ... The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters of radio programming, transmitting in 33 languages to many parts of the world. ... The British Broadcasting Company Ltd was a British commercial company formed on October 18, 1922 by British and American electrical companies doing business in the United Kingdom. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... This is a timeline of the history of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Many BBC Radio comedy programmes have been successful enough for the writers and performers to adapt them into television programmes. ...

External links

  • BBC Radio online streams (All services including DAB)
  • BBC National and Local Radio history, jingles and DJ's
BBC Radio stations
FM/AM: Radio 1 | Radio 2 | Radio 3 | Radio 4 | Radio Five Live
Digital: 6 Music | BBC 7 | 1Xtra | Five Live Sports Extra | Asian Network
Nations: Radio Scotland | Radio nan Gàidheal | Radio Wales | Radio Cymru | Radio Ulster | Radio Foyle
English Regions: BBC Local Radio
International: BBC World Service

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BBC Radio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1342 words)
BBC Radio is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927.
BBC Radio 1 was launched as a part-time pop music station September 30, 1967.
BBC Radio 5 was launched on 27 August 1990 as a home for sport and children's programming, and was it later renamed BBC Radio Five Live when it became a dedicated news and sport network.
BBC Radio 4 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1013 words)
BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history.
Radio 4 is the second most popular British domestic radio station after Radio 2, and was awarded "UK Radio Station of the Year" at the 2004 Sony Radio Academy Awards for the second year running.
The BBC Home Service was the original name for Radio 4 and was on the air from 1939 until 30 September 1967 it had regional variations and was broadcast on medium wave with a network of VHF FM transmitters being added from 1955.
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