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A Future for Public Service Television$
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Des Freedman and Vana Goblot

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906897710

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.001.0001

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Does Television Represent Us?

Does Television Represent Us?

(p.268) 36 Does Television Represent Us?
A Future for Public Service Television

Ken Loach

The MIT Press

This chapter argues that television has failed to represent the nuances, subtleties, intricacies of people's lives, and their concerns and their worries. In fact, it never has. The BBC has never been independent since the day that Lord Reith, who was the man in charge at the time, moved into a government office. He wrote the news the government wanted the people to hear. He even considered banning the Archbishop of Canterbury from speaking because it was thought he might be too sympathetic to the strikers. He put out government propaganda, but the people believed it because they believed the BBC was independent. But the BBC has never been independent, and that is why it does not represent us, because the people have interests that the BBC will not represent.

Keywords:   public service broadcasting, UK broadcasting industry, television broadcasting, representation, BBC

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