23 July 2015, The Tablet

Conflicting signals

by Liz Howell

Under the glare of the Government, the future of the BBC is once again up for debate. One option is to shrink and concentrate on public-service broadcasting. But, says a professor of journalism, that commitment needs first to be questioned and challenged I  woke up on Friday morning last week to a text from a Norwegian journalist asking if everyone in Britain thought that Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has been too easy on the BBC in his Green Paper – a document he introduced by saying the time was right to question whether its range of services best serves licence-fee payers, and whether it can be all things to all people. The BBC certainly does not think Whittingdale has been too easy on the corporation; it has gone into battle mode, with its director-general Lord (Tony
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