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Broadcasting the arts

John Wyver's superb book charts the rise and fall of arts broadcasting in Britain. Although serious arts coverage has largely disappeared from our screens, there are reasons to be hopeful about the future

By David Herman   December 2007

Vision On: Film, Television and the Arts in Britain by John Wyver Wallflower Press, £16.99

Alan Yentob, a key figure at the BBC for over 30 years, has recently come under attack, first for allegedly fiddling his expenses and then, it was claimed, for pretending to take part in interviews he hadn’t actually turned up for (“Noddygate”). Amid all the excitement, no one seems to have noticed the elephant in the room. Who cares about expenses and “noddies” when Yentob stood by as one arts programme after another was closed down and serious arts coverage on BBC television was almost…

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