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Tag: Cultural policy

Holding on to auntie

The BBC will have to adapt to the digital age, but, rest assured, it will remain faithful to its founding ideals
John Birt  


David Brooks, a senior editor at the US political magazine The Weekly Standard, finds the Millennium Experience exemplifies the best and worst of contemporary culture
David Brooks  

On musical theatre

Private sector commercial musicals, such as Chicago, thrive while public sector opera is in crisis. But the latter has a lot in common with the former
Herb Greer  

Library of sighs

The belated opening of the new British Library is the culmination of a 50 year argument over the whole library system. Nicolas Barker recalls the twists and turns in the story and his role in persuading Margaret Thatcher to agree…
Nicolas Barker  

Ever shrinking Beeb

Samuel Brittan objects to a piece of high-minded special pleading for an ever rising BBC licence fee for an ever shrinking BBC. Quality programmes need a better defence
Samuel Brittan  

Worst of both worlds

The Royal Opera House, which has just closed for two and a half years, is in permanent crisis. This is because its public subsidy is both too big and too small
Martin Kettle  

The British patient

Despite an abundance of film-making talent and growing cinema audiences the British film industry continues to droop. Subsidy is not the answer. New Labour should look to Ireland
Christopher Tookey  

Lord Serota of Bankside

Nicholas Serota has put a meat cleaver through a major institution without anyone complaining. Charles Saumarez Smith says a Labour government should appoint him minister of culture
Charles Saumarez-Smith  

Two tiers for TV

Pay television will not belong to Rupert Murdoch. But Barry Cox, a senior television executive, says it will create a two-tier system in which commercial values will dominate. It is up to politicians to ensure that the residual "free" service…
Barry Cox  

For arts sake

The double 50th anniversary of Radio Three and the Arts Council in 1996 should have been a time for reflecting on the achievement of state subsidised culture in Britain. Instead it was another year of complaints about cuts. John Tusa,…
John Tusa  

British museums

At the end of this century Britain will open its first gallery dedicated to modern art-a movement established before 1914. George Walden looks at what the Bankside gallery tells us about Britain's political and intellectual culture and compares it with…
George Walden  

Opera house blues

Virginia Bottomley was right to refuse a new Cardiff Opera House. Money, says Edward Pearce, should go to performers not buildings
Edward Pearce