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Can the BBC save itself?

Harry Lambert joins the New Statesman Podcast to discuss his cover story on the future of the BBC.

In his cover story for the New Statesman magazine, Harry Lambert uncovers the BBC’s “war for truth” and asks, can the national broadcaster save itself? He has spoken to leading figures within and without the corporation, including the first print interview with new BBC director-general Tim Davie. 

On this episode of the New Statesman Podcast Harry joins Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea to dive into the issues raised in his piece. They explore the question of the broadcaster’s impartiality, and discuss the role of the BBC’s reporting in UK politics, including the importance of leading journalists such as Laura Kuenssberg and Emily Maitlis.  

Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions about whether Keir Starmer’s big speech this week had policy substance or was only a sop to the commentariat.

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Further reading

Read Harry’s full article here.

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Stephen responds to Keir Starmer’s big speech, and argues that the Labour leader has an economic policy. What he doesn’t have is a strategy.

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