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Labour vows to ‘secure BBC’s independence’ after Lineker row
Rows about the football pundit’s tweets and the appointment of a Tory donor as chairman have prompted concerns about political pressures on the corporation

Toby Helm, Political Editor

26, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Gary Lineker’s BBC suspension like something from ‘Putin’s Russia’, says Labour – as it happened
Shadow culture secretary tells Commons the decision to take presenter off air was part of a ‘Tory cancel campaign’

Andrew Sparrow

14, Mar, 2023 @5:48 PM

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Labour’s attempt to block illegal migration bill defeated in Commons – as it happened
Opposition amendment to stop the government barring small boat arrivals claiming asylum defeated by 312 votes to 249

Tom Ambrose (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)

13, Mar, 2023 @10:40 PM

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The BBC news channel revamp has been a PR disaster – but it also makes perfect sense | Jane Martinson
The merger of channels is a cost-cutting measure that has provoked derision and anger. But changes needed to happen, says Guardian columnist Jane Martinson

Jane Martinson

06, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Richard Sharp: ‘pale, male, stale’ BBC chair with friends in high places
Rishi Sunak’s ex-boss had gone some way to addressing impartiality concerns but now finds himself under scrutiny

Mark Sweney Media business correspondent

23, Jan, 2023 @4:31 PM

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The Guardian view on the BBC: more important than ever | Editorial
Editorial: The future looks tough for public broadcasting, but its independence must not be compromised


01, Jan, 2023 @6:30 PM

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Damon Buffini: BBC appoints private equity boss to make it more commercial
Former Pemira chief named deputy chair as government overhauls licence fee

Mark Sweney

09, Dec, 2022 @3:54 PM

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BBC at 100: the next decade that could determine fate of broadcaster
Public service channel can no longer rely on privileged dominance of limited broadcast spectrum

Jim Waterson Media editor

18, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Hundreds of jobs to go as BBC announces World Service cutbacks
Corporation to end production of radio output in 10 languages, including Chinese, Hindi and Arabic, as it blames licence fee freeze

Jim Waterson Media editor

29, Sep, 2022 @1:09 PM

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Ministers to review Channel 4 privatisation and scrapping of BBC licence fee
Culture secretary says she will ‘re-examine the business case’ but declines to say if licence fee could be axed

Jessica Elgot Deputy political editor

20, Sep, 2022 @8:52 AM

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Opinion is cheap and easy. The BBC’s mission is to deliver facts and evidence | Clive Myrie
The corporation is under attack for losing its edge. One of its leading voices defends its distinct role

Clive Myrie

04, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The Guardian view on the future of the BBC: engage the public | Editorial
Editorial: Peers say that the licence fee is outdated – and leading Tories call for it to be scrapped. But the alternatives are worse


24, Jul, 2022 @5:25 PM

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