We thought the phone hacking scandal would chasten News Corp. We were wrong.
Straight down the line: one of the BBC’s values.
The BBC has called for a national debate on what it is for. The public needs to speak and the politicians need to listen.
If the commercial media has its way the BBC will end up cash-strapped and shackled by regulation.
I’ve been teaching students in Hong Kong about the relationship between politics and the media, and wanted to illustrate the sometimes problematic relationship between media and power. So I showed them…
The first minister of Scotland addressing the Edinburgh TV festival .
The Scottish first minister's speech may have been strong on vision, but there were no signs of innovative thinking on how new Scottish services would be funded at a time of BBC cutbacks.
Testing times for broadcasters in transition.
A fractured broadcasting industry is destroying the business model for the giants. There are winners in the wings though, and the BBC could yet be one of them.
‘Are you listening, John Whittingdale?"
Thick of It satirist's MacTaggart lecture was a call for unity to secure British public broadcasting.
The government's recent Green Paper spells our a vision of far smaller BBC. Coincidentally, this is just what Rupert Murdoch and his newspapers have campaigned for over decades.
From both left and right come accusations that the BBC is biased. The truth is that the Beeb has links to all sides of politics – as you would expect.
One of the world's top weather forecasting services just lost a major contract.
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If you want to see how the market failure model works, look across the Atlantic at PBS and NPR and be afraid.
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Calls for the BBC to be regulated by an external body are part of a plan to shackle the public broadcaster.
Public broadcasting is a lot more than a safety net for commercial market failure.
Repeated surveys show that people value public broadcasters highly. But the political class isn't listening.
The ABC has, in general, been able to withstand the pressures and (less common) interventions of governments or media barons.
The history of the ABC reveals battles lost and won around censorship, concessions made in times of crisis and independence compromised or overturned.
But wait – he’s got a beard!
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It’s increasingly apparent that the Labour Party is muddling through a period of existential crisis. This week’s welfare bill debacle, where 48 MPs wilfully defied the interim leadership’s call for abstention…
If one didn’t know better, one might think that right-of-centre governments in both Australia and the United Kingdom are working in lockstep to undermine the long-established and hugely popular public…
Over-reaching? Not Strictly.
The government's review of the BBC's scope paints the corporation as a victim of its own success.
Voice of the public?
It's time to work out how we really feel about the BBC.
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It’s to be yet another week of crisis, inspection and introspection for the forever under pressure BBC as the government is set to publish a green paper on Thursday, which will, the Guardian says, signal…
There have been hints these last few days of a limited truce in the war of words and inquiries launched by the Coalition against the ABC’s Q&A. An apparent readiness to move the program to the news…