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What teaching philosophy taught me about BBC balance

What chance of a better future if we fail to maintain spaces where radical disagreement can be explored?

By Daniel Callcut  

BBC New Broadcasting House sign in central London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/PA Images

Perhaps nothing is so distrusted, in an age that prizes authenticity, as the attempt to act in a politically neutral fashion. The recent general election has brought accusations of BBC news bias to a new level of intensity. The organisation’s claims to balanced coverage, under attack from left and right, represent one more pillar of the traditional liberal order under threat of disintegration. Does anyone really believe in the idea of media impartiality anymore? Isn’t this just…

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