Latest Issue

The battle for the BBC

As he prepares for charter renewal, Director General Tony Hall could learn a lot from two new histories of the national broadcaster

By John Tusa   June 2015

The BBC clashed with Thatcher Ministers over its Northern Ireland coverage. © Peter Marlow/Magnum

Pinkoes and Traitors: the BBC and the Nation, 1974-87by Jean Seaton (Profile, £30)

The New Noise: the Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBCby Charlotte Higgins (Guardian Books/Faber & Faber, £12.99)

When the BBC’s charter—the document that sets out its public role—comes up for renewal next year, its managers will have to define the purpose of a national broadcaster to a…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect