Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What can the origins of the BBC tell us about its future?


The BBC has just experienced one of the worst crises in its history. It is navigating unprecedented hostility from the press and massive digital transformation. In the first of a series of essays on the corporation's past, present and future, Charlotte Higgins examines the belief of its first director general, John Reith, that the BBC should be the citizen's 'guide, philosopher and friend'. Ninety years on, can that still be its aim?