The battle of '37 days'

The series screenwriter and producer of 37 Days, a three-parter in the BBC's mammoth four-year commemoration of the First World War, takes issue with David Elstein's criticisms. The past is another country - but wars can be fought over it just the same.

The BBC's Great War - the Beeb responds

The Controller of the BBC World War One season responds to David Elstein.

The BBC's Great War

There are always two disciplines in play when broadcasting tackles history: one is broadcasting, the other is history. And the needs of broadcasting usually come first, as they do, in David Elstein's opinion, in the earliest of the 2500 hours worth of programming the BBC is transmitting in memory of the Great War.

Introducing Tony Hall’s cunning plan: The BB(&A)C

Tony Hall’s scheme for the BBC’s future has been widely disdained as a willful desire to put the clock back to the days of ‘Auntie’ BBC, but Brian Winston argues it is more like a return to the brilliant deal that acquired the Proms in the ’20s.

The greater (and shorter) decriminalisation story: it's the physics of broadcasting, stupid

Brian Winston explains how the hypothecated tax and the BBC have gone together for the last 92 years like love and marriage: ‘you can’t have one without the other’.

The lesser (and longer) decriminalisation story: avoiding the 'go to gaol' card

Lis Howell tours the horizon looking at how public (non-commercial) broadcasting is funded round the world to ask: how should we pay for the Beeb without getting a go-to-gaol card? Read the options and vote on the solution.

We are not going to take it any more: fighting for the CBC

In Canada jaw-jaw about the plight of the national broadcaster, CBC*, is giving way to war-war as some prepare to mount the barricades. Jeffrey Dvorkin, on behalf of PBC21 -- Public Broadcasting in Canada for the 21st Century – presents a back to square-one manifesto.

Public service broadcasting: going under down under

There are many similarities between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC it is modelled after – but the BBC has yet to be savaged as blatantly by UK politicians as the ABC is being by Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott

It's more complicated than you think

The digital world is more complicated than is understood by those holding our public institutions to account. In the somewhat arcane context of the Information and Record Management Society 2013 conference, Tony Ageh gave a sense of what is really at stake in the BBC's (and our) digital future.

BBC and STV are falling short in Scotland’s great debate

As the referendum approaches in Scotland, both BBC Scotland and STV are failing to facilitate the national debate as well as is needed.

‘monstrous flattery of the ego of the “common man”’; the BBC & the ‘popular’

Things need to change – there’s no disagreement about that; but the efficacy of starting with the closure of BBC 3 can be disputed. Whatever else is in play, the choice of a less than highbrow channel to chop speaks to a long BBC unease with the ‘popular’.

Turning the tanker

Good-bye BBC 3! For David Elstein this signals not the end of civilisation but the inevitable consequences of cuts and changes – and speaks to how the new D-G is dealing with his Trustees.

It isn't a beauty contest

Among the problems facing the BBC, none are so persistent as the question of news neutrality. This was an issue as the BBC was being established in the 1920s and, as Julian Petley points out in this reprint from a book published today (IS THE BBC IN CRISIS?*), it is as far from a solution as ever.

Don’t go there: the ongoing undermining of PSB in New Zealand

In the sorry book on Public Service Broadcasting’s travails world-wide in the age of neo-Liberalism, New Zealand occupies chapter one. There the undermining of the BBC look-alike NZBC began early. The attack really got underway with a wave of reform in 1988-1991. And it ain’t over yet.

Interview: BBC bias, bullying, and the Scottish referendum

Following the recent publication of his report, Dr John Robertson speaks to OurKingdom about his findings, his methodology, and an unusually fierce response - "bullying" - from the BBC itself.

BBC bias and the Scots referendum - new report

Dr John Robertson from University of West Scotland has just published research on bias and fairness in news reporting on the issue of the Scottish referendum, covering both ITV (STV) and BBC. Here's what he found.

Dear BBC, you are not alone

As the great and the good flog dead horses in front of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee, the Corporation is nevertheless far from being in as parlous a state as its children – public service broadcasters established in its image in the ‘white dominions’ of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Over by Christmas – the non-debate that is BBC Charter renewal

Who is talking about BBC Charter renewal? Relatively few people. And it’s not too soon to start.

The case for the BBC - research underpinnings

What does the UK audience want from the BBC and what does it get?

Prepared with the assistance of her team, Claire Enders gave the following evidence the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s inquiry on The Future of the BBC.

Still hideously white?

For the past four years, the former BBC network correspondent, Barnie Choudhury, has been researching why so few Black Minority Ethnic journalists ever make it to the highest echelons of the Corporation’s News division.

The BBC and Government: time for some more light?

The BBC’s independence is enshrined in, and protected by, its Charter – but, in most discussion of the Corporation, just how is a matter more of supposition than black-letter law, as Brian Winston argues.

Scotland's future: a new national broadcaster

Yesterday, the Scottish government launched its blueprint for a new Scotland. This week, OurKingdom is examining what it says. Here, Brian Winston looks at what this all means for the BBC.

The BBC has to learn to listen to itself

The new Director General wants to overhaul the BBC's corporate culture. This doesn't need management reform or expensive consultants, says Nick Fraser. It just needs the BBC to get better at listening, and trusting.

A smaller BBC would be good for audiences

In a digital age it's unhealthy for the Corporation to spend the whole licence fee.

Crimewatch: dupers or duped?

The October edition of Crimewatch, focussing on the case of Madeleine McCann, featured new photofits of a potential suspect - only, they weren't new. According to the Sunday Times, they had been repressed by the McCanns themselves. The failure of the BBC to report this is extraordinary.

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