The Decline And Fall Of Broadcast Media

Blogger Frank Davis has a fine article online today, here’s a sample:

Norman Tebbit, one time chairman of the Conservative party, and no friend of the BBC, writes:

Contrary to what many of my critics believe, I regard the BBC as a valuable national institution, which served us well over many years. Its principal failures have sprung from an inbred culture which evolved into a censorship of dissident voices. Its habit of recruiting from a narrow range of political – and of late, politically correct – thought has led to a damaging arrogance.

Well, he’s quite right about the inbred culture recruited from a narrow range of the political spectrum. But, in my experience, this isn’t anything new: the BBC has always been left wing. It was when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister in the 1980s, 30 years ago. But would it be any better if it was right wing? And precisely why is it a “valuable national institution”?

he crisis is the inevitable result of media professionals, like politicians no longer living in the same universe as us mere mortals, I’d say.

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