The BBC marked its centenary this week, but its long-term future is deeply uncertain. We should defend the idea of public-service broadcasting while sharply criticizing the BBC in its current form for its conservativism and deference to the British state.
Tom Mills is lecturer in sociology at Aston University and the author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service.
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