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Rein in Greg Dyke

Dyke's BBC has rarely been so powerful, but friend and foe alike say it has lost its public service purpose. The governors must act

By David Lipsey   December 2002

Panorama,” says Richard Lindley in his history of the programme, “must do more than kick the door down or collar a villain. It has to explain not just what’s going on but why; and then look at what to do about it.” I wonder what Lindley would have made of its recent programme on corruption in horseracing.

This was so gripping that it was easy to overlook the fact that the allegations it paraded were stale and largely supported by the testimony of the shady and disaffected. Indeed, had it not been for a tape of the head of Jockey…

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