The Great Debate UK

In defence of the BBC

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cathcart- Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University and was specialist adviser to the Select Committee inquiry. The opinions expressed are his own.-

One problem with the current debate about the BBC is that it is being held on too low a level, so the result is likely to be needless petty miseries.

Let us aim a bit higher.

So far as journalism is concerned, the licence fee turns out to be the best funding model around. Nothing even compares in the modern era.

Print journalism is in a mess because people don’t want to pay for newspapers in the traditional way and advertisers are migrating to the Internet.

The future of the Press Complaints Commission

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cathcart- Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University and was specialist adviser to the Select Committee inquiry. The opinion expressed are his own.

What next for the Press Complaints Commission? One thing is certain: most of the editors and proprietors who hold the real power at the commission will do everything they can to limit or prevent reform. If it is left to them, nothing will change.

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