Three-D Issue 25: Corporate sabotage and the future of the BBC

Tom Mills University of Bath The figure of Rupert Murdoch looms large in defences of the BBC, and whilst we should not imagine that the recurrent political wrangles over British broadcasting can be reduced to the power and interests of News International alone, Murdoch and his associates have certainly played a central role. Understanding the …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 25: A shrunken BBC?

Pat Holland Bournemouth University The DCMS Public Consultation on the BBC’s upcoming Charter Review is a strange document, based on a set of contradictions so extreme that they are sometimes laughable. It begins with unexpected warmth: ‘The BBC is at the very heart of Britain. It is one of this nation’s most treasured institutions -playing …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 25: The case for a Licence Fee Body

Colin Browne Chairman, VLV Board of Trustees The future of the BBC is too important to be left to politicians. We all fund the BBC through the licence fee, so it is vital that citizens and consumers have the opportunity to contribute to the debate about its future. The previous licence fee settlement in 2010, conducted …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 25: Mitigating the damage of a vengeful government

Steven Barnett University of Westminster To a large extent the BBC damage is already done. Driven by ideological hostility, under cover of “essential public expenditure cuts”, and with no democratic mandate for inflicting its own political animus on a much admired institution, the newly elected Conservative government – exactly as the Coalition government did 5 …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 25: BBC Charter Review

Jonathan Hardy University of East London The BBC, once again, faces an existential threat. Part of what saved the BBC in the 1980s was opposition to free-marketeers’ plans from within the Conservative Government itself. This time there are Tory supporters, certainly, but most will accept the leaner, more ‘narrowly-focused’ BBC, carefully proposed by Culture Secretary, …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 25: BBC Charter Review: how to respond

Tom O’Malley Aberystwyth University and National Council CPBF In July the Minister responsible for broadcasting, John Whittingdale, launched a consultation on the future of the BBC that ends on 8th October1. The BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall, spent the spring and summer making speeches laying out his vision for the Corporation. The issues at stake …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 25: Time to save the BBC: make your voice heard

Einar Thorsen Bournemouth University The BBC Charter Review and associated Green Paper represent one of – if not the most – serious attack on old Auntie throughout her 90+ year history. The right-wing Conservative Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, is of course an outspoken critic of the BBC – having previously cast …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 25

Three-D, issue 25 (PDF, 3.3 Mb) In this issue: 1 Time to save the BBC: make your voice heard (Einar Thorsen) BBC Green Paper 2 BBC Charter Review: how to respond (Tom O’Malley) 3 Actions not words (Sylvia Harvey) 4 BBC Charter Review (Jonathan Hardy) 5 Mitigating the damage of a vengeful govt. (Steven Barnett) …Continue Reading

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