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A post-broadcast BBC?

Public service broadcasting is an invention of the twentieth century when the nation-state was a clear centre of sovereignty and the media organized in relation to its parameters. In an age of globalization, digital consumption and non-linear programming, what is the future for this concept?

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 fate of public service broadcasting

Uncritical defenders of public service broadcasting have turned a blind eye to its decline. This is not a time for conservatism but for long overdue transformation. 

Inside the 'Digital Single Market'

The European Commission is working to build a more efficient system for sharing media content within the EU. What are the proposals, and how will they impact on broadcasters? 

Tomorrow’s BBC will be fitted to your personality

The BBC is doing cutting-edge research into Visual Perceptive Media, virtual reality and facial coding technologies. But do we want our shows to be tailored to our age, gender, and tastes? And what happens to all that data?

Whittingdale is wrong: it is advertisers who are destroying the digital economy

Adblocking is not the cause of a downward trend in online publishing, it is a justified response to non-consensual tracking and profiling. 

Under construction: the BBC’s relationship with freelancers

In order to innovate in the new media environment the BBC must build a new system for working with freelancers.  

5 ideas for hacking television

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


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

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? 

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.

The good, the bad, and Corbynmania: how to defend the BBC

Not all defences of the BBC are good. What can the Corbyn insurgency teach us about how to make a progressive case for the corporation?

Digital dreams and open skies: universal service and the BBC

As mobile providers take over spectrum from broadcasters, the age of ‘free-to-air’ transmission could be coming to an end.

The BBC, the press and online news

Scaling back the BBC will damage the UK’s sole source of impartial, quality and trusted news, whose independence is valued by users in the UK and around the world.

The BBC and its poetry

Defending itself from cuts is not enough. The BBC must forge a new identity based on collaboration, pluralism and the creativity of a global audience. 

Britain’s creative kickstarter: the BBC

Want to know the value of the BBC to Britain’s £76.4 billion creative economy? Have a look at the unique impact of its Manchester investment.

Does the World Service have a future?

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. 

BBC Green Paper: red alert on funding

The government has promised a nit-picking examination of all the BBC does, focusing on how to redefine its mission as well as reform and improve its services in the internet age.

No broadcaster is an island

The fragility of the BBC’s independence from the state cannot continue to be ignored. Nor can its overall future be discussed in a silo.

The BBC and the Tories: is it war?

By sabre-rattling with this government, the BBC is provoking an unnecessary battle that will most likely be to its disadvantage. A change of strategy is needed. 

Time to fight for the BBC

George Osborne and his neoliberal backers are not just attacking the BBC. They're launching a concerted assault on Britain’s democratic public culture.

The BBC’s deal with the Tories: and the Tories’ deal with the BBC

The BBC’s addiction to the licence fee makes it an easy target for politicians seeking to off-load expenditure. But what does the latest deal mean, for the BBC and public service broadcasting?  

The Whittingdale Eight: war or wisdom for the BBC?

The government has set up an advisory panel for its review of the BBC Charter. So who will be leading this process? And how should the corporation approach the coming debate?     

The public has a right to memory

From broadcasting to libraries and museums, digitization is revolutionising the way we enjoy and share heritage. 

Still failing after all these years

Writers and producers of BBC television drama are being stifled by the corporation's top-down commissioning system. 

Rethinking ‘public service’ in a globalized digital ecology

As globalization transforms the nation-state and the forms of community associated with it, what are the implications for public service broadcasting? 

Social media has strengthened the authority of the BBC

Far from undermining its power, the new hybrid media environment has enabled the corporation to consolidate its news monopoly. 

A post-broadcast BBC: time for the public to speak?

‘Digital public space’ is an inspiring vision of the future of the BBC. Its full realisation, however, demands greater public input in the allocation of the corporation’s resources. 

The BBC, the licence fee and the digital public space

The Controller of the BBC’s archive strategy maintains the institution’s fundamental role within the media ecology and argues that the Licence Fee should safeguard a new democratic digital public space.

Guaranteeing access to the UK's 'collective abundance': how the BBC can lead the way in creating a Digital Public Space

A clarion call by the BBC's Controller of Archive Development, Tony Ageh, to create a new kind of commons: a digital public space, populated with unimaginable cultural riches

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