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It’s time to stand up for the BBC—whatever the Brexit foot-stampers say

Yes, it gives Nigel Farage too much airtime. Yes, sometimes it makes me want to bang my head on the desk. But for better or worse, it's ours

By Stuart Maconie  

The Media City footbridge and BBC offices. Photo: PA

Ironically, the tweets and texts started to ping into my hand as I strolled across a freezing piazza to pick up my new BBC pass. Yes, Salford does have a piazza—and whilst it may not quite be Venice’s St Marco, what it lacks in overpriced buskers it makes up for in statues of Pudsey, Petra the Blue Peter dog and Oopsy Daisy from In the Night Garden.

Salford is the home of the BBC’s MediaCity, its base in the north. When…

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