The editor of BBC World
Service News until earlier this year argues that the funding of the World
Service through the licence fee strengthens the corporation's hand in negotiations
about a new charter.
Last week the government published a report
that challenged the fundamental values of the BBC. The corporation must now defend
its autonomy and articulate a renewed public purpose for the 21st Century.
When it comes to state surveillance and
“terrorism”, there is a long history of political pressure, control and
manipulation over the arm of the media entrusted with the explicit mission of
serving the public.