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Here’s to more transatlantic TV collaboration. Here’s to more transatlantic TV collaboration. gavjof

British broadcasters should welcome American investment, not fear it

Large parts of the British TV industry are at risk, according to David Abraham, chief executive of the UK’s Channel 4. He claimed public service broadcasting, which includes Channel 4 and the BBC, was…
The BBC was at the scene and the Mail wasn’t pleased. The BBC was at the scene and the Mail wasn’t pleased. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Trust the Mail to stick the boot into the BBC over Cliff Richard

When police investigating allegations of historic sex abuse searched the Berkshire home of singer Cliff Richard, it was the BBC that broke the news. Indeed, the Independent reported that when the eight…
“Compete and compare”: The future as Tony Hall sees it. “Compete and compare”: The future as Tony Hall sees it. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Director general’s BBC plans look like the start of a revolution

The debate on the BBC’s forthcoming charter renewal has taken a while to gain momentum. It seemed like the corporation was loath to enter the painful discussion of how the licence fee might be sustained…
Corporations are looking for new and inventive ways to get their message out. Corporations are looking for new and inventive ways to get their message out. Shutterstock

Native advertising a media credibility crisis in waiting

Advertising is going ‘native’, creeping in to places formerly reserved for editorial content. In the final piece in our series, we look at the lack of regulation around such “embedded” content. UK media…
In the aftermath of disasters like the Boston marathon bombing, footage from citizen journalists is sometimes the ‘only option’. In the aftermath of disasters like the Boston marathon bombing, footage from citizen journalists is sometimes the ‘only option’. marsmettn tallahassee/Flickr

User-generated content: media can learn from the ‘Wild West’

User-generated content has become “a central element of the news gathering process,” says the controller of BBC World (English) Richard Porter, in a recently-released international study by the US-based…
If you can’t attack the Beeb, shoot the messenger. If you can’t attack the Beeb, shoot the messenger. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The controversial business of researching BBC impartiality

Whoever takes over from Lord Patten as the new head of the BBC Trust has a tough job ahead – there’s the Scottish referendum and the general election, both potential minefields for a public broadcaster…
That the ABC is too big and too expensive for an affluent democracy such as Australia is nothing but a myth. That the ABC is too big and too expensive for an affluent democracy such as Australia is nothing but a myth. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Does the ABC deliver Australians good bang for their buck?

Due to Australia’s small population and high concentration of few media voices, public broadcasters play a pivotal role in shaping the media ecosystem and cultural landscape. With the ABC and SBS under…
Future of World Service precarious but death knell is premature. Future of World Service precarious but death knell is premature. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The BBC World Service is a force for good – look after it, or risk losing it

The BBC World Service is well-known to insomniacs tuning in to Radio 4 in the middle of the night, intrepid travellers, expat Britons and aficionados of international news. Few other British citizens appear…
Has Danny Cohen stolen Bonneville’s comedic limelight? Has Danny Cohen stolen Bonneville’s comedic limelight? BBC/Jack Barnes

W1A falls short of the real absurdity of life at the BBC

Oscar Wilde once wrote: “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” But W1A, the BBC’s new let’s-all-laugh-at-ourselves observational comedy, has shown art can be quickly left behind, following…
‘Three cheers for the Blobby Broadcasting Corporation!’ ‘Three cheers for the Blobby Broadcasting Corporation!’ Paul Conneally

No deal Noel, Mr Blobby is never going to buy the BBC

So: Noel Edmonds – television game show host, helicopter pilot, spiritualist and anti-wind energy campaigner – wants to get his hands on the BBC. The broadcaster, he says, is hopelessly un-business-like…
Banter: BBC and Alex Salmond in happier times. Banter: BBC and Alex Salmond in happier times. Scottish Government

Andrew Marr gives more than a glimpse of anti-independence bias at the BBC

Called to give evidence of possible BBC bias in coverage of the Scottish referendum campaign to the Scottish Parliament’s education and culture committee on 11 March, I prompted gasps from more than one…
The challenge for the ABC as it faces political opposition is to remind taxpayers of the good value it represents and of the public service journalism it creates. The challenge for the ABC as it faces political opposition is to remind taxpayers of the good value it represents and of the public service journalism it creates. AAP/Dave Hunt

What would the Australian media look like without the ABC?

The Abbott government is preparing to cut funding to the ABC. The end of the Australia Network in its present form is one saving already flagged by communications minister Malcolm Turnbull. And while the…
Axe a channel? Not on my watch. Axe a channel? Not on my watch. @alviseni

BBC3 uproar shows we are not such passive viewers

Connoisseurs of TV advertising may recall the commercial for Florette salad. Agricultural gangs conduct menacing stand-offs while chanting the names of their preferred leaf. “Lollo rosso!” one group taunt…
There’s much binding in Broadcasting House. There’s much binding in Broadcasting House. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Flawed and could improve, but BBC is still the best of British

If the current media debate about the future of the BBC is anything to go by, the corporation seems to be facing the gravest crisis of its 92-year history. Indeed, this week a book with the title: “Is…
This season, it’s all about the jacket for Watson. This season, it’s all about the jacket for Watson. BBC

BBC’s modern Sherlock owes his success to pure Victoriana

The third season of the BBC’s Sherlock opens with a bang and gives us Derren Brown, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock in an action hero window smash, followed by an insouciant hair tousle and a Hollywood…
Think the writing’s on the wall for mainstream media? Think again. Think the writing’s on the wall for mainstream media? Think again. paulcapewell

Old players, new barons: the year in news media

Much commentary about the news media foresees the disintegration and dissolution of the mainstream monoliths – both TV networks and mass-circulation newspapers – which dominated the public sphere in the…
The court of public opinion: Jimmy Savile’s house, defaced after his crimes were exposed. The court of public opinion: Jimmy Savile’s house, defaced after his crimes were exposed. PA

Notes on a scandal: the Jimmy Savile case is all too familiar

For all its extraordinary impact, the Jimmy Savile scandal has not unfolded in an exceptional way. The media and justice systems' treatment of the affair is only the latest example of a relatively new…
Known for good political antennae, ABC chief Mark Scott has come under fire for his decisions around the Snowden spying leaks. Known for good political antennae, ABC chief Mark Scott has come under fire for his decisions around the Snowden spying leaks. AAP/Alan Porritt

ABC could learn from BBC realpolitik over spy leak fallout

The current stoush between the ABC and the government sees two competing perspectives on the role of public service media in play. The Coalition, on the one hand, regards the ABC as duty bound to serve…
Whac-a-mole: current and former BBC grandees at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday. Whac-a-mole: current and former BBC grandees at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday. PA Wire

BBC payoff executives have saved taxpayers millions

“Unedifying” was the label the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee gave to the spectacle of some of the BBC’s most senior figures - past and present - squabbling over who knew what about big redundancy…
The BBC skews, but not the way you think … The BBC skews, but not the way you think … Jonathan Brady/PA

Hard Evidence: how biased is the BBC?

Welcome to Hard Evidence, a series of articles that looks at what the data say about some of the trickiest public policy questions we face. Academic experts will delve into the available research evidence…
The ABC will be left with significant holes in their schedule after the BBC signed a deal to share their content with Foxtel last week - will they fill it with more local content? The ABC will be left with significant holes in their schedule after the BBC signed a deal to share their content with Foxtel last week - will they fill it with more local content? EPA/Andy Rain

The Foxtel-BBC deal: implications for Australian television and content

The ABC’s 50-year TV partnership with the BBC is at breaking point after a landmark deal between the British broadcaster and pay TV provider Foxtel was announced last week. Under the new deal Foxtel will…
Nick Pollard delivers his review on BBC Newsnight’s decision to exclude a report on alleged abuse by the late broadcaster, Jimmy Savile. Nick Pollard delivers his review on BBC Newsnight’s decision to exclude a report on alleged abuse by the late broadcaster, Jimmy Savile. EPA/Chris Radburn

Australian Royal Commission and the Savile investigation: getting the truth out

With the year’s end tantalisingly close, Australia awaits the announcement of the Federal government’s terms of reference for the national Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual…
BBC Director-General George Entwistle has been forced to resign, plunging the public broadcaster into crisis. BBC Director-General George Entwistle has been forced to resign, plunging the public broadcaster into crisis. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

BBC scandal: lessons for the ABC to learn

As the BBC considers splitting the role of its chief executive and editor-in-chief, should the ABC give serious thought to adopting a similar model? The ongoing turmoil at the BBC over an ever widening…
Not paying attention: BBC Director-General George Entwhistle has resigned in the wake of the Newsnight child abuse program which wrongly implicated a Tory politician. Not paying attention: BBC Director-General George Entwhistle has resigned in the wake of the Newsnight child abuse program which wrongly implicated a Tory politician. AAP

BBC chief quits over ‘catastrophic failure’ of journalism

To get one Newsnight story about child abuse wrong could be regarded as an unfortunate lapse of editorial management by the BBC. To mess up two such stories in quick succession is much more than careless…
A tiger photographed at 3,000m asl by Bhutanese researchers using a remote camera in the year 2000. How then could the BBC claim discovery of tigers at high altitude a decade later? A tiger photographed at 3,000m asl by Bhutanese researchers using a remote camera in the year 2000. How then could the BBC claim discovery of tigers at high altitude a decade later?

Tall tales misrepresent the real story behind Bhutan’s high altitude tigers

In September 2010, the BBC announced a stunning discovery of tigers (Panthera tigris) living at high altitude in the Himalayas. The article claimed that a BBC team had discovered first hand evidence of…