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It doesn’t warrant the pearl-clutching response, precisely because it will achieve so little.
I don’t believe that a private owner would freely choose to commission from as diverse a range of independents.
With Neil gone and other veteran journalists reportedly unhappy, ‘Britain’s news channel’ looks less and less like a news channel.
The latest entrant in the British media landscape has got off to a very rocky start. Can the UK’s news-light news channel find its feet?
Both sides must recognise that the Corporation as a whole can be performing well whilst its political coverage alienates Conservatives.
Not only is television a comfort to many older citizens, but we should not be allowing the BBC to start setting social policy.
It would be a good match. Former Remainer v the former Chair of Vote Leave. No gender war element, either. How about it, Downing Street?
The Corporation’s proposals represent a surrender to the modern trend of fracturing of political debate into regional silos and online echo-chambers.
Plus: Off I go to Washington for the inauguration. Time to strip Southern of its franchise. And: what happened when I had breakfast with Andrew Pierce.
Also: Sturgeon warned that she risks repeating Labour’s mistakes by governing timidly; Hain hits out at Cardiff Bay for dodging referendum on powers; and more.
Will Corbyn represent In? Could we have Ozza v Bozza? What happens to Farage?
Also: Anger in Ulster as unions back Corbyn; Police Scotland accused of spying on journalists; devolved governments join forces in BBC battle; and SNP members quit due to rematch delay.
They could at once increase viewer engagement, diminish the Corporation’s monopoly power, and reduce political involvement in its funding.
As a coercively-funded state organ of enormous influence and reach, political oversight of the Corporation is both just and necessary.
We risk waking up to a future in which the media landscape is increasingly homogenised, leading many communities to feel excluded.