A recent report shows a loud but persistent minority are uncomfortable with the portrayal of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in programmes aimed at child audiences on the BBC. Tom Wicker argues that the on-screen lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people need to consist of more than confrontation and crisis if this is to change.
The attacks on US market provision of high-quality programming by defenders of the BBC, exemplified by Steve Barnett's response to David Graham's Adam Smith Institute paper, are misguided and misleading. Despite differences between the US and UK, we still have much to learn from US TV, argues David Elstein.
The Director General of the BBC was photographed coming out of Downing Street with notes about how the national broadcaster will cover the government's unpopular spending cuts. To understand the BBC's reaction, you need to think of it as a business
The Adam Smith Institute and the wider right could never palate the success of any publicly funded institution, so their latest reports' prescriptions for the BBC come as no surprise, argues Steven Barnett.
An exchange between a Cardiff academic and the editor of South Wales's Western Mail raises fascinating questions about how newspapers should respond to market pressures and how professional journalism can be protected when the industry is in crisis.
Plans for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport set out yesterday completely miss the plot when it comes to public service broadcasting. Continuing a theme, DCMS Minister Jeremy Hunt puts his faith in a Stakhanovite effort from the commercial sector once media regulations are revised, and fails to address the crisis in the provision of public service broadcasting, argues David Elstein.
Ofcom's latest review has shown public service broadcasting to be in a state of decline; falling revenues have resulted in a collapse of first-run orginal content produced by the commercial broadcasters, while steadily increasing spending at the BBC has done nothing to prevent a decline in such programming as a proportion of revenue, now at the same level as its terrestrial television rivals.
The electrifying first session of our public service broadcasting symposium on June 10th takes on even greater resonance in a week that has seen the publication of a series of key BBC documents and a major speech from the chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons. David Elstein explains why.
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