The BBC, creativity and the digital age: Brian Eno, Kamila Shamsie, Bill Thompson and Tony Ageh discuss


Novelist Kamila Shamsie and musician Brian Eno discuss the Corporation and creativity with the two men leading the BBC's internet revolution, Bill Thompson and Tony Ageh. 

4 December 2012

Building on six months of debate on what we want from "our" BBC, the openDemocracy project OurBeeb held a one-day forum on 31st October at King's College London.  The four panel sessions addressed vital issues of engagement, plurality and democracy in the BBC we all pay for, and all want the best from. We now publish the audio of all the sessions in full, with accompanying video. Below is the podcast and 5-minute highight clip of the fourth session, on "creativity, culture and the digital public space", with Brian Eno, Kamilla Shamsie, Tony Ageh and Bill Thompson. 

If you enjoy this, please come to our next OurBeeb event, on Monday 10 December, at Cafe Oto, Dalston. It will be an open public debate on "the BBC and Trust". For more details and to buy tickets, go to the Cafe Oto website here

You can watch and listen to the other sessions using the following links:

Session 1: Funding and the licence fee 

The first session of the OurBeeb forum began with a discussion between David Elstein and Lis Howell on how to fund public service broadcasting. 

Session 2: accountability and the Savile scandal

The second session of OurBeeb’s day-forum at King’s College London asked Gerald Kaufman, Dan Hind and Anthony Barnett to present their arguments for establishing a new method of accountability in the BBC, fit for the digital age.

Session 3: pluralism and current affairs

The third session of the OurBeeb forum at King’s College London saw Iain Overton, Tom Mills, Natalie Fenton and Claire Bolderson challenge the BBC’s claims to impartiality while suggesting ways of redefining journalistic ‘truth’. 

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