Newspaper endorsements and biased ‘reporting’ in the run-up to the general election indicate clearly at the democratic failings of a large part of our free press. It therefore becomes clear that, whatever funding ideas are thrown up by the new Conservative government, we should be boosting the future role the BBC plays in public life, not going to war with it […]
Five minutes with Diane Coyle: “The BBC needs to stay independent and accountable to the people who pay for it”
In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, Diane Coyle discusses the future of the BBC and the need for it to truly reflect Britain in all its diversity. She also discusses the impact of technology and globalisation. The transcript of her recent public lecture at the LSE, ‘A 21st Century BBC’, can be downloaded here.
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The Great British Class Survey revives classical sociological theorising on class in an era of digital data
Earlier this month the Great British Class Survey launched, attracting widespread attention and thrusting sociological arguments about class into the media spotlight. Following on from earlier posts on the LSE Politics Blog, Mike Savage and Fiona Devine clarify the understanding of class on which the project was predicated and address some of the criticisms which have been aimed at it. Now that the dust […]
The notion of ‘public value’ has an important role to play in making a case for the BBC, however its practical implications need to be articulated in greater detail
Dave O’Brien reflects on the controversies which have afflicted the BBC in recent months and their implications for its role and status within public life. The BBC Trust had already sought to address its critics through the articulation of the public value framework. However important questions have been raised about the practical role of ‘public value’ and these could be productively […]
In any walk of life effective communication relies on credibility, emotion, and logic. George Entwistle failed on each count.
The BBC’s difficulties were compounded by a profound failure of communication on the part of George Entwistle. Andrew S Crines offers an analysis of these failings and argues that it now falls to his acting successor to restore the BBC’s relationship with its audience. When I first starting writing this, I was going to argue that business leaders need to be able […]
The BBC is currently embroiled in a degree of controversy perhaps unequalled in its history. Charlie Beckett offers some recommendations to the BBC for reforming and restructuring in the wake of multiple scandals. There is an immediate mess to be cleared up and then the BBC needs longer term restructuring. There is a fairly superficial job to be done on getting the right […]
Charlie Beckett argues that the Savile scandal is not only damaging for the BBC’s reputation but also a symbol of the kind of institutional problems the BBC has. 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 […]