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George Entwistle is gone but how to rebuild confidence in the BBC?

The fact that George Entwistle has resigned is good news for the BBC – although a personally devastating decision for one honourable individual.* The real problem at the BBC right now is not trust, it’s confidence. In the long-term trust in the BBC will resume its normally high levels and it deserves that. There is much excellent output from the […]

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November 10th, 2012|Journalism|3 Comments|

The BBC, Savile, Panorama and Newsnight: closed system, closed minds?

I don’t know them personally, but I am sure the BBC managers from Peter Rippon upwards are all well-intentioned and able people. But their defensive, closed-ranks approach to the long-term Savile scandal and the short-term Newsnight blunder shows that they have been institutionally incompetent. They are not alone. We’ve seen it across other organisations – including Parliament – which have […]

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October 22nd, 2012|Journalism|2 Comments|