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darcysarto

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The Guardian this week is running a series of essays by Charlotte Higgins on the past, present and future of the BBC.

History can teach us a lot if we are willing to learn.  Here Charlotte talks to Tony Hall as he describes the BBC as 'kind of mirror through which Britain reflects itself' and Higgins holds up the mirror of the BBC's origins in an attempt to measure how Tonys vision of it's future may stack up.

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The BBC, Hall suggests, should act as a kind of people's consumer champion - a public body that can act on behalf of its citizens, without vested interests to protect. In this way, it could regain trust. "In an era when we trust so few things, when trust in public institutions, in MPs, in journalism, has gone down, we need to position ourselves and say: 'If we do something it is on your behalf, on behalf of our audiences.'" He talks about Radio Sussex badgering utility companies to get people's power back after the winter floods, and Radio Merseyside's 'A Team' who, "because they've got BBC before their name, can get public utilities, for example, to answer questions from people ... one of the reasons the BBC is so important is because it can act on behalf of people who don't have a voice."

What can the origins of the BBC tell us about its future?

I've not had chance to read the second one yet but it's here:

The BBC: there to inform, educate, provoke and enrage?
« Last Edit: April 16, 2014, 08:43:45 PM by darcysarto »

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Re: Essays on the Past, Present & Future of the BBC by Charlotte Higgins
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 11:53:26 PM »
This is something that needs to be read.

AND the most important theme is the damage that has been done to public trust of the BBC BY those such as Mark Thompson and Mark Byford taking advantage of public funds and lining their pockets with public money ,while happy to be dishonest to protect their dodgy reputations while the reputation of the BBC burns.


Their legacy is shameful.


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