Public Participation at the BBC

The Media Show on Radio 4 ran an interview last week with the BBC’s outgoing head of strategy, John Tate.

Tate says that ‘the public can play a greater role in running the BBC. Ways to find concrete expression to that should be part of the debate to come’.

He is interviewed from about 6 mins 30 in. It’s worth listening to what he says in full.

Tate is giving a TEDx talk in Oxford on Sunday. I am curious to know what else he says about public participation in the governance of the BBC.

Personally I don’t think it will work because they’ll just want stories about Rihanna.

Much better to leave oversight to elected politicians who, as elected representatives in a heavily mediated system, have no conflicts of interest in matters of, um, media representation.


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