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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

If dissensus is the new normal in Britain, we need a new media

An inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting in Britain launched its report days after the Brexit vote. It holds important clues to how we deal with the current breakdown of consensus.

Lord Puttnam: the BBC must confront a "total" loss of trust

The film producer and chair of a major inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting calls on the BBC to help rebuild trust in Brexit Britain.

The BBC and British branding

The corporation’s claims to the public and to neutrality are crucial for the British state and its power across the globe. 

Let’s not shatter the fragile ecology of British broadcasting

While the government's plans for the BBC are under scrutiny, the future of Britain's hugely successful system of public service broadcasting is at risk.

The BBC White Paper is a recipe for long-term decline

The government’s proposals would be a blow to both the BBC's freedom from government interference, and its place at the heart of British popular culture.

The General Strike to Corbyn: 90 years of BBC establishment bias

On the anniversary of the 1926 General Strike, looking back to the early BBC helps us understand the latest bias scandal, over coverage of Labour's anti-semitism scandal vs Tory election fraud.

Muslims in the media: a call to UK editors

The British press is failing to meet the highest standards in its presentation of Muslims. In a sea of stereotypes, journalists and the public must educate themselves about the facts beyond the headlines. 

#BlackLivesMatter in Britain too: why does our media care less?

The UK media seems more comfortable talking about race issues in America than those closer to home. It is the BBC’s responsibility to challenge these double standards. 

Channel 4 is critical infrastructure for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’

We shouldn’t jeopardise a unique creative and economic contributor to the regions by tinkering with its ownership.  

How is Islam represented on the BBC?

While the Corporation’s news coverage tends to reinforce stereotypes, its cultural programming calls these into question.

What are the BBC guidelines on the EU referendum?

To hold the BBC to account on its coverage of the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ campaigns, we need to properly understand its Referendum Guidelines and the challenges of ensuring ‘impartiality’.

The Clementi Review must strengthen BBC independence

Sir David Clementi’s recommendations on BBC governance must be made to work. This means ensuring that Ofcom doesn’t become a ‘back seat driver’.

Brexit and the BBC: a tough call for Britain's culture secretary?

Given his very public role in the anti-EU campaign, John Whittingdale must be seen to be scrupulously fair in the debate over the BBC's future.

The British are dangerously ill-informed about the EU referendum

Research suggests that the UK media are failing to adequately inform the British public, ahead of the country's referendum on EU membership. The BBC, in particular, has a duty to step up its game. 

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.

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.

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. 

The media did cover attacks on *insert country here*. You just weren’t reading it.

After the Paris attacks many people are saying how horrible the media is for belittling tragedies outside of Europe and the US, but mainstream media did cover attacks on *insert country here*. You just weren’t reading it.

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.

BBC bias? Reporting on Israel and the Palestinians

When it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, both lobbies claim that the Corporation is 'on the other side'. Is there any truth in it?

Truth and the BBC

The BBC was profoundly damaged by the Blair government's successful attack upon it over Iraq. Since then its senior managers have regarded truth as something to be handled not investigated. Could this loss of integrity underly its recent disasters?

The BBC and the NHS Act: the fall-out, and a response from the Beeb

Oliver Huitson's landmark investigation of the BBC's coverage of the Health and Social Care Bill for ourBeeb saw a phenomenal response. Now the BBC responds to the report - but is their defence good enough?

How the BBC betrayed the NHS: an exclusive report on two years of censorship and distortion

In the two years building up to the government’s NHS reform bill, the BBC appears to have categorically failed to uphold its remit of impartiality, parroting government spin as uncontested fact, whilst reporting only a narrow, shallow view of opposition to the bill. In addition, key news appears to have been censored. The following in-depth investigation provides a shocking testimony of the extent to which the BBC abandoned the NHS. Download the PDF of this article.

What can the impassioned US political drama 'The Newsroom' tell us about the BBC's exaggerated commitment to impartiality in broadcasting?

US drama ‘The Newsroom’ demonstrates a bold attempt to meld romantic idealism with a cogent critique of the American far-right. If George Entwistle is to fulfill his aspirations and bolster BBC programming, the remit of ‘impartiality’ must be reformulated to allow the expression of positive liberty.

Moyles is no dinosaur: why Radio 1 needs to rethink its quest for young listeners

If the BBC Trust is sincere in trying to engage young audiences, they need to use more innovative audience research methods

Is Radio 1's quest for the elixir of youth doomed to fail?

Radio 1 have symbolically appointed a new breakfast show presenter, as the iconic station tries to address yet another BBC Trust warning that their listenership is too old. But has the digital revolution irreparably broken the relationship between young people and the Beeb?

Life after Leveson: teaching Auntie how to suck eggs

Leveson has illuminated deep democratic problems at the heart of the British media. Far from immune to this culture, the BBC needs to learn from the inquiry and actively assert its independence. 

George Orwell - too left wing for the BBC?

It emerged this week that a proposed statue to the legendary journalist - and former BBC employee - was turned down by departing DG Mark Thompson because of Orwell's leftist allegiances. What does that say about the BBC - and its critics?

The BBC and the North

With the movement of key resources to MediaCityUK in Salford, the BBC looks to be expanding its frontiers of national representation. But as programming oscillates between depoliticised nostalgia and an admiring celebration of ‘northern’ authenticity, this shift has done little to combat the institution’s continued southern bias.

Regenerating Britain's local media: can public service broadcasting come to the rescue?

With local news services of all kinds in steady decline, and democracy under threat as a result, can the BBC step in to the breach?

Women scientists are from Venus; the BBC is from Mars

Women are majorly underrepresented on BBC science programming - except on the recent Venus transit documentary. 

ourBeeb podcast 2: Claire Enders on the ever growing BBC news monopoly

Part two of an ourBeeb discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the BBC, featuring the CEO of Enders Analysis. What future for democracy, when the BBC becomes a news-providing monopoly?

After the Olympic feast: can BBC Sport really return to a diet of football, football and more football?

For two weeks, the BBC has served up a glorious all-you-can-eat buffet of sports. Yet despite a wave of enthusiasm, the Beeb have admitted that there is no plan to increase minority sports coverage. So is that the last we will see of canoeists, gymnasts and cyclists for the next four years?

ourBeeb podcast 1: Claire Enders, Britain's leading media analyst

The first audio highlights of an ourBeeb discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the BBC, featuring the CEO of Enders Analysis.

Editor's blog: Radio 4 and social class - the fall-out

What role does privilege play at the BBC in 2012 - and in the media at large? An ourBeeb survey into class and Radio 4 has touched a nerve in the press, and on the station itself.

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