BBC Charter renewal: invisible actors and critical friends, Part 2 – Julian Petley

29 07 2015

BBCThis is the final part of a two part post.  Part 1 was published on 28 July 2015.

Anxiety has been expressed in pro-BBC quarters about the members of the Charter Review advisory group [pdf] set up by the DCMS.  Thus Broadcast stated that ‘the consensus is that the group are talented and experienced but lack obvious empathy or sympathy for the BBC. There are also concerns that they may pursue their own commercial agendas at the expense of the Corporation.Read the rest of this entry »





BBC Charter renewal: invisible actors and critical friends, Part 1 – Julian Petley

28 07 2015

Sunday Times BBCWhen the DCMS Green Paper on BBC Charter Renewal [pdf] was published on 16 July 2015, the reaction on the part of the corporation’s enemies in the press was relatively muted, particularly when compared to the way in which they had reacted, a few days earlier, to the leaked news of the upcoming consultation. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC Charter Green Paper: Inside the bizarre logic of the BBC review – Des Freedman

19 07 2015

BBCWho would have expected that one of the central debates about the future of the BBC would not be about its pro-business news coverage, its financial mismanagement or its alleged cover-up of the Jimmy Savile scandal, but about whether it should show Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday night? Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee, Scrutinising the Scrutineers: Part 3 – Julian Petley

25 04 2015

EU ParliamentUK media coverage of EU issues is frequently superficial and plagued by basic errors. The BBC, and others, must work to change this.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015 and Part 2 on 19 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 2 – Julian Petley

19 04 2015

Jacob Rees-MoggInfuriated by the BBC’s lack of coverage of its work, The European Scrutiny committee is at the centre of a discussion about the ‘limits’ of the corporation’s independence.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 1 – Julian Petley

17 04 2015

EU CommissionThe European Scrutiny Committee has locked horns with the BBC, repeatedly accusing it of a pro-EU bias. Is the corporation’s editorial independence under threat?  Read the rest of this entry »





Future of BBC should not be left to this committee of MPs – Steven Barnett

28 02 2015

BBCWith the BBC’s Charter due to expire at the end of next year, and the coalition reluctant to start the consultation ball rolling so close to May’s general election, it was entirely appropriate that the Culture, Media and Sport select committee should produce its own report to influence the process. Read the rest of this entry »








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