The BBC: Myth of a Public Service

Tom Mills


Interesting left history of the BBC. Makes its points very strongly at times, at others seems like a list of quotations. Admittedly these quotations are in themselves damning.

The structure is strong: beginning with fundamental institutional imbalances (foundational anti-communism, hiring being in bed with MI5) but around the middle the tone shifts to less of a “BBC willingly in bed with the state” and more of a “BBC acquiescing to the demands of the state” vibe. I suppose the point is that the heads have always been on the side of the establishment, whereas the rank and file journalists and engineers and such are just doing jobs and having establishment agendas forced upon them.

Bonus points for referring to it as the Falklands/Malvinas war.