Humble Suggestions for the BBC

The letters B, B and C, made out of rocks

I’m in danger of becoming a bit of a crank when it comes to the BBC, the national broadcaster here in the UK. Disdain for the BBC is rife amongst both poles of the political spectrum — the right think it is institutionally leftist, the left think it is fundamentally conservative — and so whenever I express my frustration about the BBC, people rush to assume that I am situated at either pole. The reality is that I think the BBC does about the best job it can do of its (impossible) task of presenting politics without bias. That said, it does also make its life needlessly harder through a series of bizarre operational decisions.

So I caveat all that I’m saying by reiterating that I like the BBC’s output: they make great TV, great radio, great podcasts. I use their website every day; it is my default news source. I like the product, sure, I just have reservations about how they arrive at that product — why they arrive at that product– and what they’re planning to do next.

With the news that Tony Hall is stepping down this summer, amidst suggestions that Boris Johnson might reform the way the license fee is collected, the future of the BBC is on the table once again. And every suggestion for the broadcaster’s future seems to focus on increasing digitisation (an understandable buzzword in the current climate). With all this uncertainty about what the BBC should be doing, I’m here (like, say, Superman, or any other regular, everyday hero) to humbly offer a few suggestions.

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