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Re-shaping Britain must include the BBC

In the next few years, the UK’s constitution will be re-shaped. This includes the BBC. A new book, from openDemocracy and Commonwealth Publishing, rethinks what Britain in the 21st century needs from its public media.

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Re-shaping Britain must include the BBC

In the next few years, the UK’s constitution will be re-shaped. This includes the BBC. A new book, from openDemocracy and Commonwealth Publishing, rethinks what Britain in the 21st century needs from its public media.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

"Diversity, Ofcom and the BBC: the £1 billion gap"

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Ofcom and Diversity: lies, lawyers and whatever next? (Part 1)

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“When it comes to BAME, Ofcom must set a minimum standard that the BBC have to meet behind the camera.”

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The BBC and the financial crisis: interview with Dr Mike Berry

What can we learn from how the BBC's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the long recession that followed?

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The BBC is neither independent or impartial: interview with Tom Mills

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Employment Diversity – Has Ofcom been nobbled by the TV industry?

When it comes to diversity, Ofcom is being captured by the broadcasting industry.

Rupert returns

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The BBC and Wales' information deficit

Wales suffers the unique problem of a lack of information, as opposed to misinformation. Welsh people need to explore alternative media forms to create a Welsh public sphere

BAFTA/BFI Film Diversity Measures may not lead to BAME employment

The press should not exaggerate the effectiveness of the film diversity measures introduced by BAFTA this week. They deserve only a small welcome.

Is BBC Question Time’s audience producer really a fascist?

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Prominent thinkers on the BBC joined Our Beeb for an evening of debate in London.

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Our Beeb - Book Launch and Drinks Reception

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During moments of national trauma, the public turns to the BBC for shared experience and understanding. But how well is the corporation doing at honouring the experiences of the victims?

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Re-shaping Britain must include the BBC

In the next few years, the UK’s constitution will be re-shaped. This includes the BBC. A new book, from openDemocracy and Commonwealth Publishing, rethinks what Britain in the 21st century needs from its public media.

Channel 4: a national treasure?

Channel 4 has been named Channel of the Year at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. But what does the future hold?

The draft BBC Charter is “distinctively” fishy

The latest twist in the Bake Off saga is a reminder of why we should be suspicious about the draft BBC Charter’s emphasis on “distinctiveness”

The BBC must improve its religious affairs coverage

The BBC looks set to keep its religious coverage, but in a society where people increasingly identify as irreligious, how can it remain relevant?

Facebook has become a public service. It needs to start acting like one.

Facebook has created an echo chamber by only showing its users what they want to see, which means political polarisation, hyper-partisanship and culture wars. Facebook needs to face up to its responsibilities.

This piece is part of our What is public service? series.

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Introducing our new series: what is public service?

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Lessons from Rio: how can the BBC compete with bigger sports broadcasters?

As the Rio Olympics draws to a close, we take a look at the how the BBC can protect itself from losing out to broadcasters like Sky and BT Sport.

The BBC must improve how it reports statistics

The BBC has a unique position in British society, with a reputation for fairness, impartiality, and usefulness.

Public service austerity broadcasts

Public service broadcasters are implicated in legitimising neoliberal policies in response to political and economic crisis. The coverage of RTÉ, for example, invited Irish viewers to cheer on the forces of technocratic fiscal responsibility.

Independence Day for the BBC?

In an uncertain ‘Brexit Britain’, we must ensure that the BBC remains a public broadcaster, as free as possible from state interference.

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