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Can Tim Davie save the BBC?

The marketing man with a Conservative background is the exactly the right person to defend the corporation from a determined assault from the right

By Jean Seaton   November 2020

© Tim McDonagh

“Can you survive being DG?” Tim Davie asked me when he was temporarily catapulted into the job of Director-General of the BBC in 2012. Davie had previously been passed over for the job in favour of George Entwistle, who came and went in 54 days as the BBC was engulfed in a scandal that struck at the institution’s soul. Having been too quiet for too long on the rumours about Jimmy Savile, the corporation had then broadcast false allegations of paedophilia against an unnamed…

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