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EU Referendum: a cowed BBC, hardly the broadcasters finest hour

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Broadcasters, like print journalists, are rightly being challenged by leading figures on the Remain side for the news media’s failure during the EU Referendum campaign to exercise sufficient scrutiny over the claims being made by Leave supporters. Based on my 30 years as a BBC correspondent, from well before the 1975 referendum, I am in no doubt as to how viewers and listeners were short changed.

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Replace the licence fee and don't privatise Channel 4 says Puttnam Inquiry


The Inquiry chaired by Lord Puttnam and based in theDepartment of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths was set up in November 2015 to focus on the purposes of television in an era characterised by technological transformations, shifts in audience consumption habits, and changes in cultural and political attitudes. Its report, The Future for Public Service Television, launched at the British Academy on Wednesday 29 June, reflects on the extent to which the UK’s most popular television channels have addressed these issues and whether they continue to represent the interests and tell the stories of all the citizens of the UK. Above all, it seeks to highlight the conditions that may allow for the production and circulation of high quality, creative and relevant public service content in these increasingly complex circumstances.

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Their master's voice loud and clear


The British press simply refuses to die.The more we are told that the newspapers have had their day, the more they seem to run the show. In all the confusion over the conflicting claims in the UK’s EU referendum, the only clear line was that the press was 4-1 for quitting. Voters said they didn’t have a clue what the real pros and cons might have been, so went with the prevailing disgust with the political elite and voted not so much against the EU as against its apologist David Cameron, with his empty promises on immigration, prosperity, Big Society and everything else.

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CPBF AGM 10.00am 2 July


Registration from 9.30am. Diskus Centre, Unite the Union HQ, 128 Theobald's Road, LondonWC1X 8TN. Nearest station Holborn.

Programme: 10.00am – 11.15 am, CPBF Annual General Meeting; presentation of reports 2015-16; election of National Council, discussion of future policy and activity. (CPBF Members only)

11.30am – 1.15pm Open discussion on campaigning for media reform - future of public service broadcasting, press regulation and tackling media ownership. (Open to non-members.)

1.30pm– 3.30 pm, drinks and snacks with farewell party and tributes for Barry White national organiser who is retiring after 19 years working for the CPBF. (Open to non members.)

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