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5 ideas for hacking television

The creator of the Capital City Project lays out five principles that can be used to radically democratise television. - free thinking for the world

5 ideas for hacking television

The creator of the Capital City Project lays out five principles that can be used to radically democratise television. - free thinking for the world

To the BBC: don’t give airtime to the Taliban’s threats

Afghanis inside and outside the country have been angered by the BBC's interview with a Taliban spokesman directly after a suicide attack, in which he announced a new target.

5 ideas for hacking television

The creator of the Capital City Project lays out five principles that can be used to radically democratise television.

What is the future for public service broadcasting in Scotland?

With the UK facing an identity crisis how will the new BBC Charter meet Scottish demands for greater autonomy and what will that mean for Scotland and for Britain?

The growing gap between private and public in European broadcasting

We’re told the BBC is ‘too big’. Yet Britain is part of a Europe-wide trend where funding for public service is shrinking, while commercial revenue grows.

Family secrets: a video interview with Karen Guthrie

Karen Guthrie’s film The Closer We Get (2015) offers a rare insight into her family’s story and the secret that her father kept hidden from the family for so long. Part of our partnership with the Unorthodocs programme of screenings and events.

Can the new Charter protect the BBC’s independence?

If the BBC’s independence is to be preserved, we must focus not only on the policy outcomes but the policy reform process itself.

The BBC must lead the effort against religious illiteracy

Religion continues to shape our world but most media fail to take it seriously. Public service broadcasters must confront this head-on, says the BBC’s Head of Religion. 

Does British TV have a problem with independent documentary?

The Unorthodocs season at Somerset House features acclaimed documentaries never seen on British TV. Are UK broadcasters denying audiences access to a golden age of independent film-making?

The BBC, Savile and investigations

In a week when the BBC has been hit by yet more scandal as a result of suppressing an investigation into the notorious paedophile Jimmy Savile, we ask: does the BBC need an investigations unit?

Black deaths: still fighting for justice in the UK

Ken Fero's award-winning films about black deaths at the hands of the police in Britain record the continuing struggle to get justice. They have never been broadcast in the UK. Part of our partnership with the Unorthodocs programme of screenings and events.

Bowie and the Beeb [2016]

The BBC played a role in making David Bowie’s world, our world. There needs to be a metric other than that of viewing figures and clicks, and for it to be calibrated as such in regards to funding.

Current and future threats to public service broadcasting

While today we still stand on secure ground, are we about to witness a fairly catastrophic scenario for the future of Public Service Broadcasting?

Idris Elba on diversity: it’s about imagination, opportunity

Since when did the lead character in Star Wars come from Peckham? Since a woman with imagination became the casting director.

Towards better broadcasting in Wales

Public service broadcasting in Wales is on a knife-edge and there are loud demands for reform. The response will cast light on whether Wales is genuinely seen as a full partner within the UK.

Chuck Norris vs. Communism

A documentary that takes us inside communist Romania claims a trend for illicit Hollywood 'movie nights' helped spark a revolution. Part of openDemocracy's partnership with Unorthodocs.

Is Britain's media biased against the left?

Coverage of Jeremy Corbyn echoes the experience of the British left in the 1980s.

Why the BBC needs Hoggart’s vision now

We need a vision of public service broadcasting that extends intellectual and imaginative freedom, and is as relevant to today’s battles as the Pilkington Report was fifty years ago.

Making the news or breaking it: a unique problem for the BBC

The argument over whether the BBC 'orchestrated' the resignation of a Labour shadow minister for political effect is more than it seems.

How is citizen journalism transforming the BBC’s Newsroom practices?

User-generated content offers new ways of covering ‘black hole’ stories such as the Syrian conflict. But how do journalists make sense of what is happening on the ground? 

Would a privatised Channel 4 still be a serial risk-taker?

Would a privatised Channel 4 continue to support innovative programming, the independent production sector and the creative economy?

The BBC's Northern Irish Troubles

From its inception as an unabashedly ‘unionist’ organization, the BBC in Belfast has had a problematic history. Has the corporation of today managed to shake off the dilemmas of the past?

What can we learn from 50 years of British-Asian TV?

As the BBC celebrates half a decade of British Asian broadcasting, we look back at a journey of cultural integration that shines a spotlight on the present.

What has Channel 4 ever done for us?

Would Channel 4’s commitment to innovation, experiment and creativity survive privatisation?

How did mistrust of mainstream media become a sign of violent extremism?

The UK Government’s Prevent strategy has led to official claims that mistrust of mainstream media and anger about government policies can be symptomatic of violent extremism.


An imaginary radio play about a sentient BBC tells us a lot about our fears.

Why did the BBC broadcast climate deniers during COP21?

By giving airspace to conmen and conspiracy theorists during the Paris Climate Summit the BBC failed its public service remit. 

“All those featured are white” - what can we do about diversity at the BBC?

Fifteen years since the BBC pledged to reflect “the UK’s diversity in our programmes, our services and our workforce” little has changed. Why, and what can we do about it?

Does the BBC care about class?

The BBC has made a concerted effort to reflect the diversity of Britain when it comes to race and gender. They should apply the same approach to socio-economic background.

How important is the BBC in today’s pop climate?

For decades the BBC has played a central role in shaping the global pop landscape. But in a world of iTunes Genius and Spotify Discover, what is the corporation’s USP? 

The BBC needs a new Scottish channel

Why isn't there a digital Scottish channel for the 5 million Scots who speak English? Such a move could start to heal the wounds between Scotland and the BBC.

The BBC: what is really going on?

Is the BBC spinning a big lie over the need to find cuts of between £550 and £700 million a year to fund the cost of the over-75 licences?

An election information service fit for BBC 2.0

The BBC could provide integrated and targeted information on all UK elections, thus helping to strengthen democratic participation. Here’s how.

Why the BBC’s independence is the best guarantee of its creative freedom

The BBC should have an effective system of regulation that guarantees its editorial independence and creative freedom, including the freedom to fail.

The BBC can help revive local journalism, but only if it’s allowed to

For an organisation that’s so self-confident in dealing with national and global news, the BBC is surprisingly vulnerable when it comes to local and regional journalism. 

If the BBC’s not independent, it is no use to any of us

In the week Tony Hall called for strengthening the BBC’s independence we follow contributions from Colin Browne and Howard Davies to ask could a new regulatory structure be the answer? 

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