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The BBC’s only weapon

The new Culture Secretary has radical plans but will he be allowed to see them through?

The entrance to BBC broadcasting house in London. © Sarah Marshall

On 11th May, when John Whittingdale was chosen as the new Conservative government’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Telegraph and the Mail were triumphant, the former declaring on its front page that, with his appointment, the “Tories declare war on the BBC.”

Whittingdale is unique among holders of that post in that his views on his portfolio are both well worked out and well known.…

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