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BBC crisis? What crisis?

By David Herman   March 2004

There are three things everyone knows about the BBC and the Hutton report. First, this has been “the biggest crisis in the corporation’s history.” Second, Greg Dyke was a great director general. Third, the Labour government and the BBC were at each other’s throats over an issue of real substance. All three are wrong.

What we have just seen pales into insignificance in comparison with Margaret Thatcher’s attack on the BBC in the mid-1980s. Re-elected in 1983, with a huge majority of 144, her government went for the corporation. Neil Hamilton successfully sued the BBC in 1984 after Panorama broadcast…

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