Future of the BBC: why the ‘market failure’ model is a flop in broadcasting – Justin Lewis

20 09 2015

BBCFor any fans of the BBC – and that would include the 59% of Britons who say it is the source they are most likely to turn to for accurate news coverage or, for that matter, the 34% of Americans who told Pew last year they turn first to the BBC for their news – then the government’s green paper on the future of the UK’s public broadcaster will come as worrying news. Read the rest of this entry »

Toxic triangle: how government and commercial media ganged up on BBC – Richard Tait

14 09 2015

BBCThe 2011 Parliament Act has been bad news for the BBC. It means the two periods of maximum potential political intervention in the BBC. Charter renewal every ten years and licence fee negotiations every five now coincide almost exactly with the dates of UK general elections and will do so for the foreseeable future. Read the rest of this entry »

The Beeb, the bias and the bashing – Ivor Gaber

12 09 2015

BBC Election ResultsMy entry for the prize for the most unsurprising allegation of 2015 was the uncannily similar complaints that emanated from a number of Conservative MPs who claimed that the BBC’s reporting of the general election had been overtly pro-Labour (fat lot of good it did them, one might opine). Read the rest of this entry »

Why the Murdoch press wants to exterminate public broadcasters – Brian McNair

5 09 2015

DaleksLike most people with even a passing interest in the part played by News Corporation in British politics, I remember exactly what I was doing when scandal broke in 2011 and the sense of a seemingly indestructible media behemoth crumbling into chaos and ruin before our eyes. Now, Rebekah Brooks is to return as chief executive of News UK, publisher of the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times. In 2014 she was cleared of all charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

How the Murdoch press has waged a relentless campaign against the BBC (and why it’s worked) – Julian Petley

29 08 2015

Sun and BBCEver since Rupert Murdoch decided to enter the television game in the early 1980s, his newspapers have waged continuous war on public service broadcasters, and on the BBC in particular. These he sees purely as rivals in the broadcasting marketplace, and when Murdoch spots rivals his instinct is to exterminate them – witness, for example, the predatory pricing by Murdoch of his newspaper titles by means of which he attempted to throttle the Independent in the early 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »


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