The Spectator – Is The BBC Really A National Treasure?
Wednesday 18 November, doors open 7pm, discussion starts 7.30pm
Church House, Dean’s Yard, London SW1P 3NZ
With the possible exception of the NHS, no other institution in Britain occupies such a heightened place in the public consciousness as the BBC. But with rapid technological changes and fragmented audiences, Auntie is far from invincible. Faced with ongoing questions over the licence fee, the quality of its programming, accusations of bias and hit by a number of high profile scandals, has the British public lost faith in the BBC?
As the broadcaster approaches its royal charter renewal in 2016, is there a place for the BBC in its current form or does it need cutting down to size? Join The Spectator for a debate on whether the BBC really is a national treasure. Speakers include:
- James Purnell, director of strategy and digital at the BBC
- Meirion Jones, investigative journalist
- Melvyn Bragg, author and broadcaster
- Robin Aitken, author of Can you trust the BBC?
- Chaired by BBC presenter Andrew Neil.
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