The Media Podcast with Matt Deegan

Impartiality and the BBC: where do we go from here?

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Episode notes

In a special episode, we're joined by a panel of independent experts to examine where next for the BBC, as it undertakes another review into impartiality in the wake of Lineker and pressure from the Government.

Dr Graham Majin (Lecturer Bournemouth University, Author Truthophobia) gives us the historical context - Is impartiality dying? Or just evolving?

Roger Bolton (ex-Feedback, host of Roger Bolton's Beeb Watch) explains why leaked Whats App messages showing political pressure on BBC journalists from Downing Street is particularly concerning.

And Faraz Osman (Gold Wala Productions) fires a round of quick-fire impartiality questions, from how to cover Brexit to whether politicians should be allowed to host on TV.

PLUS the BBC faces its biggest strikes in a decade: change might be inevitable, but could it have been handled differently?

Also on the programme: We speak to Freya Parr, writer for BBC Music Magazine, to find out the latest on the BBC Singers, faced with closure in its 99th year. You can hear more from Freya about the contribution of the BBC Singers and controversy around on our Patreon.

A Rethink Audio Production, produced by Phoebe Adler-Ryan with support from Matt Hill.

Hear more from Freya about the contribution of the BBC Singers and that open letter on our Patreon.

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