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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How the BBC can create a better digital public sphere

The BBC’s remit is not just broadcast. It has the power to improve our experiences online, and to realise the digital public sphere we want.

The history of channel 4: how David beat Goliath

The long battle to create Channel 4 was an unequal one that pitted the public interest against giant corporate and political forces. Remarkably, the little guys won. 

After Paris: live news should challenge narratives, not recreate them

After the Paris attacks there is a desperate desire on the part of major news organizations to create and drive the narrative of terror attacks, when what they should be doing is questioning and interrogating narratives.

Speaking truth about the BBC and power

The BBC has never championed 'speaking truth to power' and its capacity for critical journalism is weaker than ever.

The BBC whitewashing our failures in Afghanistan

John Simpson's description of Afghanistan's progress couldn't be further from the truth.

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.

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.

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.

The crisis of Grangemouth and what it says about Scotland and Britain

The Grangemouth crisis doesn't just remind us of the problems of the capitalist class, but of the political class and trades unions too.

Tony Hall's speech didn't answer any of the real questions

The new BBC Director General gave a speech last week, in which he talked about "What Next?" - or, rather, he didn't really, says Lis Howell.

A memo to Jim Naughtie on his return to Scotland

The broadcaster Jim Naughtie is returning to his native Scotland after working in England for decades in order to cover the independence referendum two days a week. Gerry Hassan has written him a memo outlining how the country has changed while he's been away.

The new OurBeeb

Tony Hall, the new Director General of the BBC, has given a speech outlining his vision for the organisation he leads. Here, openDemocracy re-opens OurBeeb - a space to discuss all matters related to this vast British institution.

Broadcasting for Scotland

Scotland's bid for autonomy is also a chance to build an independent media, one that is not based in London and puts Scottish perspectives first.

The BBC's structure may no longer be sustainable

The fiasco over severence payments at the BBC highlights far more deep-rooted problems at the BBC. Besides this astonishing largesse with public money there are fundamental cracks in governance structure that must surely be addressed.

The power of London Scots

Scotland's image is being forged by the media across the United Kingdom. Is the union being weakened by the ill-informed media elite who are shaping this image?

What happens after the demise of ‘the Holy Trinity’ of Britain?

The BBC, the NHS and the monarchy all stand as the foundations of modern Britishness. As the former two lag behind, it has now given the monarchy an opportunity for greater power and influence. In view of Scotland's impending referendum, what kind of Britain will this create? 

Does the BBC not trust US intelligence on Iran?

If the BBC wants to speculate on Iranian nuclear capabilities and the potential for conflict, why is it ignoring the clear consensus of US intelligence, and for what purpose?

Squandering public money, BBC style

The culture of severance packages at the BBC has been exposed as so reckless with public money that there is talk of the police being brought in. Here's why.

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