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Why Britain needs the BBC

In a post-truth world, there is a hankering to hear from a trusted voice

By Tony Hall   January 2017

John Whittingdale was "motivated by tribal instinct to cut the BBC in favour of its more politically reliable commercial rivals" ©Carl Court/Getty Images

This year the BBC’s audiences sent a clear signal about the kind of corporation they want. Nearly 200,000 made their voices heard in the public consultation on the renewal of our Royal Charter. The government described the response as “unprecedented,” second only to their consultation on gay marriage. The message was simple: the BBC’s public service mission—to inform, educate and entertain—is as pertinent today as it has ever been. Our audiences want us to do what we have always done best, but they…

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