There is politics in any kind of collective cultural
gathering, which is why attempts to repress youth and/or working-class culture
continue to rain down from those with power, to those without it – just as they
always have done, just as they did at Peterloo.
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?
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?
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?
It emerged this week that a proposed statue to the legendary journalist - and former BBC employee - was turned down by departing DG Mark Thompson because of Orwell's leftist allegiances. What does that say about the BBC - and its critics?
We publish the response to a recently filed ourBeeb Freedom of Information request on the BBC's little-known Audience Councils and its other feedback mechanisms. Are these focus groups and 'market research' surveys sufficient? If not, how might they be improved?
Part two of an ourBeeb discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the BBC, featuring the CEO of Enders Analysis. What future for democracy, when the BBC becomes a news-providing monopoly?
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?
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.
After Lis Howell's survey of her journalism students, and calls from right and left alike for some democratic accountability at the top of the BBC, one conclusion is clear: the Beeb needs to open up its operations to the people who pay for it.
Henry Porter's searing critique of the BBC's lack of openness and accountability struck a chord with The Observer's readers, and with the purpose of ourBeeb. But how do we best make our case to the institution - through petitions, or argument?
BBC Director General Mark Thompson addressed MSPs on issues facing the BBC north of the border, most notably the huge, careful coverage they will need to provide of the Scottish independence referendum
‘iLL Manners’, the first single from London-based
rapper Plan B’s forthcoming album of the same name was released on 25th March
to critical acclaim. Driven by a sample from Shostakovich’s politically charged
‘Symphony No.7’, Dan Hancox explores the spirit of this appropriation and its
resonance among the protests of 2012.
The UK-wide strikes over pension reform failed to release the energy many hoped for on the left. Coupled by the Labour leader's condemnation of 30 June, it is easy to be pessimistic. Yet the way to beat the Coalition is through a strategic optimism that is prepared to think big and look beyond Westminster