The Great Debate UK
- 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.
- Steven Barnett is professor of communications at the University of Westminster, and a writer and commentator on broadcasting issues. He is finishing writing a book “Just Wires and Lights? The Rise and Fall of Television Journalism” that will published by Sage in 2010. The opinions expressed are his own. -
I was in the audience for Murdoch senior’s MacTaggart lecture 20 years ago, and was shocked –- as were many others –- by the ignorance and shallowness of his analysis. It wasn’t just the blatant self-interest of promoting his newly launched Sky channels; it was the sheer incomprehension of British television’s achievements in broadcast journalism compared to its manifest failure in the United States. Murdoch senior pretended it was the other way round, a strange distortion of the empirical evidence.