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de Botton & misreading "The News"

Posted by RDN under On books on 3 February 2014. No comments.

I have disagreed with most of what I have read of Alain de Botton's work over the years and am not likely to read his latest, The News: A user's manual. In case you do, here is my take on what I understand him to be saying, so you can judge for yourself. In other words, here's a user's manual to his book. More »

How I saved the BBC from the right-wing

Posted by RDN under Climate change / On TV & Radio on 15 November 2012. 9 comments.

All right. My headline may be over-egging things a little. Still, I am pretty sure I helped save the BBC from making a fool of itself over climate change politics. (If I'm wrong, and someone in a position to know lets me know in confidence, I'll cheerfully take this blog down.) The issue is especially interesting to me since I want the BBC to be scrapped but I don't really share the right's horror of its supposed left-wing bias or even the current blogosphere outrage at the BBC's climate coverage. More »

Tessa Jowell's mutual BBC

Posted by RDN under On TV & Radio on 13 November 2012. No comments.

Tessa Jowell has proposed that the BBC must be preserved and that it should be a mutual owned and controlled by the licence-fee holders. This is a socialist romantic's vision and it mirrors rather well my "right-wing" proposal for a National Media Trust. More »

Dimbleby half right on BBC management

Posted by RDN under On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 12 November 2012. No comments.

There was something quite blissful about David Dimbleby's contribution to today's BBC Today programme (12 November 2012). He said the BBC was over-managed, and that such organisations as the BBC and NHS spawned bureaucracies. The paradox here is that he doesn't grasp that one reason that the NHS and the BBC are alike is that they are both state-sponsored behemoths with monolithic tendencies. More »

Reforming the BBC

Posted by RDN under On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 11 November 2012. No comments.

We should hope all hope that BBC is well-managed. Why not give George Entwistle a nice contract to design an organisational and cultural shake-up, now he's free to concentrate on such a cerebral operation? After all, surely the problems which sank him were of others' making, and Lord Patten says Entwistle was appointed precisely on this ticket? More »

Newsnight's latest blunder

Posted by RDN under On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 10 November 2012. No comments.

After Steve Hewlett's masterly commentary on the mea culpa Newsnight (BBC2, 9 November 2012), I would only add two thoughts. More »

BBC is nearly history now

Posted by RDN under On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 20 September 2009. No comments.

The BBC won't survive the next five years without massive changes. It'll get (or keep) a lot less licence fee. It is much weaker than it ever has been. It is likely to be privatised. More »

"BBC's monopoly eroded." Two cheers.

Posted by RDN under RDN's media outings on 16 June 2009. No comments.

I told Radio 5's breakfast show that Lord Carter's proposal of a shift of a small, marginal BBC budget toward the ITV regional news operation at least had the merit of breaking the principle of BBC monopoly on state funding. Otherwise, it's not all that clever. Locals should pay for local journalism, and probably use cheaper dissemination than TV. More »

Don't let the state subsidise local papers

Posted by RDN under On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 24 January 2009. No comments.

Alan Rusbridger has suggested that the tax-payer ought to subsidise local newspapers. This is a very bad idea. Even my proposed National Media Trust should not do that. More »

New reports bolster a National Media Trust

Posted by RDN under On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 23 January 2009. No comments.

The latest Ofcom report and the new Reuters Institute book in their different ways bolster the case for a National Media Trust. They don't know it, of course. More »

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