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I want the BBC to thrive. Here are three challenges for Tim Davie

The national broadcaster is one of the UK’s greatest assets. How can it remain so?

By David Lidington  

BBC Broadcasting House. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Archive/PA Images

The harassment of BBC reporters in Belarus a few days ago was part of a pattern. During last year’s protests in Iran, family members of BBC Persian staff were called in for questioning, had their passports confiscated and were told that they should tell their relatives to stop working for the BBC or face the consequences. In Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, the BBC was banned from working in the country. Autocrats loathe the BBC for its editorial independence of government and its frank…

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