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The Beeb at its best

Radio 3's unashamedly highbrow Sunday schedule is a reminder of how good the BBC can be

By Paul Lay   January 2008

It has not been a good year for the BBC. Cuts and job losses were announced. Blue Peter got entangled in a phone vote scandal. There was widespread disgust at the vast sums paid to Jonathan Ross. Mark Thompson, seen as a safe pair of hands when he took over as director general in 2004, has looked unsure in his dealings with both public and staff. But for once, let us not bury the BBC. For when it trusts its audience, believes in its programme-makers and remembers its original purpose, there are still some things it does better than anyone…

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