Programmes like Mock the Week are a great platform for stand-up comedians, and yet fewer than one in ten of the guests are female. Why do the likes of Caitlin Moran and Grace Dent feel compelled to turn down BBC panel shows?
Should the BBC's mission to inform, educate and entertain incorporate hosting free music festivals for 100,000 people? Last month's Hackney Weekend was generally deemed a big success, but why aren't we allowed to know how much it cost, when we paid for it?
A look into the complex array of issues involved in reporting science stories in the news, from one of the researchers on last year's BBC Trust-commissioned Science Review. What counts as an 'expert', and how many of them do you need for your show? And why isn't it good enough to say "scientists have found..."?
Throughout its history, the stature of the BBC has depended upon an active suppression of nationality - silencing popular sovereignty through the transmission of British state ideology. Only by nationalisation can the deep changes be made that would enable the institution to provide a truly public service.
Despite the sale of televised England home-matches from the BBC to commercial broadcasting, cricket remains central to collective imaginings of 'Englishness'. Recent attempts to situate the sport within the history of empire reveal much about the BBC's continuing ties to the ideology of state-led imperialism.
Why does the BBC insists upon giving climate change 'believers' an equal platform to deniers, in the name of balance - especially when last year's BBC Science Review cautioned specifically against this folly?
The BBC World Service has lost resources and its much loved home in Bush House; by 2014 it will have lost a quarter of its staff and its traditional source of funding. What hope is there for the institution Kofi Annan called "Britain's greatest gift to the world in the twentieth century"?
After an opaque, expensive process involving a slick HR head-hunting firm, Director of BBC Vision George Entwistle has been announced as the next Director General, taking over from Mark Thompson in the autumn. The devil, as ever, is in the detail.
The digital revolution threatened to make TV viewing an isolated and solitary experience, but now thanks to Twitter and events like the BBC Question Time Watchalong, it's becoming a social activity again, in an entirely new way
The retention of the unique licence fee system for funding the BBC has sustained a lot of criticism in recent years, but with 95% of British households paying the fee, the defence usually centres on its guarantee of universalism. Is that a misnomer - and would a subscription model not be better for everyone?
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