Elsewhere, Murdoch's maneuvering like hacking never happenedby Charlotte Higgins / December 13, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Charlotte Higgins will speak at Prospect’s event “The Future of the BBC—2017 and Beyond?” on Wednesday, 14th December.
Read Tony Hall on why Britain needs the BBC
The big question for the BBC today is fundamental and about democracy; not for the first time.
The Corporation was founded in 1922 between two key moments in British democracy—1918, when the first votes for women were granted and votes for men finally became universal, and 1928 when all women gained the vote.
It was thus present at the creation of the UK as we know it now. The first Director General, the famous Lord (but then plain old John) Reith, knew perfectly well that he had a profound role to play in sustaining democracy. This a democracy that was fully formed just at the moment when it was decided to form the BBC as an independent, but public service and publicly-funded, monopoly broadcaster.