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Can Tim Davie save the BBC?

The reputation of the BBC matters. It wants to be seen as the gold-standard of public service broadcasting, and that matters not just for the BBC and, by extension, the UK but for the whole world because, historically, the BBC has successfully projected itself as a beacon of broadcasting service that all democratic nations should […]

June 15, 2021

The Wedding of the Century premieres in July on BritBox

BritBox, the streaming service offering the largest collection of British boxsets will be premiering The Wedding of the Century on July 15th. BritBox North America will be launching the documentary on July 29th 2021. On July 29th 1981, a record 750 million people in 74 countries tuned in to see Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles exchange […]

June 15, 2021

BBC publishes Bashir appointment review

The BBC has published a review set up to establish the facts around the decision to appoint Martin Bashir as Religious Affairs Correspondent in September 2016 and the subsequent re-grading of the role to Religion Editor in 2018. The review was conducted by Ken MacQuarrie, until January 2021, the BBC’s Director, Nations and Regions, and […]

June 14, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs to hold BBC Dyson Report hearing

Following a private meeting of the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Chair Julian Knight has confirmed that it will hold an evidence session to examine questions raised by the report from Lord Dyson investigating the circumstances around the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. The session, which is […]

May 25, 2021By Colin Mann

BBC Board to review editorial policies and governance

The BBC Board has issued a Statement expressing its concern at the findings in Lord Dyson’s report into the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, confirming that it will review the effectiveness of the BBC’s editorial policies and governance in detail. “We accepted Lord Dyson’s findings in full and reiterate the apology we […]

May 24, 2021By Colin Mann

Former BBC exec quits Ofcom board; Hall steps down at National Gallery

Tim Suter, who, while a senior BBC executive, was part of the 1996 internal investigation into how discredited reporter Martin Bashir secured an interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, has stepped down from the board of broadcasting regulator Ofcom. Separately Lord (Tony) Hall has stepped down from his role as Chairman of the National Gallery. […]

May 24, 2021By Colin Mann