The UK's greatest cultural institution, the BBC, is appointing a new leader as its management collapses internally. The candidates must share their visions with the public and break the secrecy that bedevills the Corporation. OurBeeb argued for this a few short months ago and was ignored. Now let the change begin!
The only way the BBC can adequately address the crisis it is mired in is to heed ourBeeb's calls to transform itself into an institution that belongs and is accountable to the public who trust, admire and pay for it.
The Jimmy Savile scandal has illuminated deep cracks in the BBC’s governance. A culture of immunity and blame shifting must now be faced head on for the sake of the victims and the future of the corporation.
The BBC’s long history of innovation and influence position it as a prime conduit through which to forward the idea of a ‘digital commons’ within the British media: a site in which the contradictions, relations and values of public life may be freely discussed
How well do the BBC's publicly stated methods of accountability stand up? They were recently outlined by the BBC Trust here on ourBeeb; Dan Hind delves beneath the rhetoric and finds a consistent lack of clarity and openness.
The BBC’s decision to broadcast two
tributes to Jimmy Savile while shelving a Newsnight investigation into
allegations of sexual offences was a serious error of judgement. George Entwistle must now deploy the broadcaster’s considerable resources
to establish what really happened and face up to his own culpability.
In the wake of the ourBeeb NHS report, how do we create accountability in the BBC? Few licence fee payers know about or understand the audience councils or the role of the BBC Trust - is it time to end government appointments and have BBC elections?
Oliver Huitson's landmark investigation of the BBC's coverage of the Health and Social Care Bill for ourBeeb saw a phenomenal response. Now the BBC responds to the report - but is their defence good enough?
In the two years building up to the government’s NHS
reform bill, the BBC appears to have categorically failed to uphold its remit of impartiality, parroting government spin as uncontested fact, whilst reporting only a narrow, shallow view of opposition to the bill. In addition, key news appears to have been censored. The following in-depth investigation provides a shocking testimony of the extent to which the BBC abandoned the NHS. Download the PDF of this article.
US drama ‘The Newsroom’ demonstrates a bold
attempt to meld romantic idealism with a cogent critique of the American
far-right. If George Entwistle is to fulfill his aspirations and bolster BBC programming,
the remit of ‘impartiality’ must be reformulated to allow the expression of positive liberty.
Against a common
accusation that the BBC is unaccountable, Diane Coyle, Vice-Chairman of the BBC
Trust, explains the mechanisms that are in place to register feedback and stimulate
public conversation. But how effective are these procedures?
Radio 1 have symbolically appointed a new breakfast show presenter, as the iconic station tries to address yet another BBC Trust warning that their listenership is too old. But has the digital revolution irreparably broken the relationship between young people and the Beeb?
At its best, television is "an intimate connection" between programme-makers and viewers, argues Armando Iannucci in the annual BAFTA Television Lecture, and to get back to its best, the BBC must be brave, aggressive, and dare to fail
When the BBC fixates on a narrow literary canon, and presents classic novels in straightforward adaptations, it wastes its own potential. Why not follow up Radio 4's extraordinary and unusual 'Bloomsday' celebration to use fiction as a creative springboard to a radical new kind of broadcasting?
There are some fascinating insights into how much each BBC channel costs, and how they're paid for, in the Annual Report. But should we be so obsessed with cost in public service broadcasting to begin with?
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