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The week the value of the national broadcaster climbed beyond question

The BBC’s bold new educational offer has forced a late government conversion to its cause

By Roger Mosey  

Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Images

Praise for the BBC from this government has been a rare thing. It must therefore have created the warmest of glows in New Broadcasting House to hear the Prime Minister welcome the corporation’s education plans for the lockdown during his Downing Street news conference on Tuesday.

Amid the chaos of the government’s own policy—insisting on opening schools one day and then shutting them the next—there was at least one “fantastic” thing for Boris Johnson. The BBC’s response to the closures has been to put educational material each weekday onto two of its television channels: content for primary schools…

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