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Rethinking the BBC: Public Media in the 21st Century


Niki Seth-Smith (Editor),

Jamie Mackay (Editor),

Dan Hind (Editor)


October 30, 2016

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The BBC is due to receive a new Charter at the beginning of 2017. So far, despite a painstaking display of public consultation, the proposals on the table do nothing to address serious and longstanding concerns about the ability of the BBC to fulfill its vital public service role. Public media institutions find themselves in an broader information system transformed by digital technology and subject to ever more complete marketisation. Absent fresh thinking, and a renewed commitment to their founding principles, they will drift into irrelevance and obscurity.

Gathered here are some of the most influential thinkers on media politics and policy in the United Kingdom and further afield. They give their assessment of the current state of public service media in Britain and set out to show how another BBC is possible.

Rethinking the BBC: Public Media in the 21st Century is published in partnership with openDemocracy.


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