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British TV figure calls for break up of BBC


As the full magnitude of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal continues to be revealed, a veteran British TV figure has called for the radical break-up of the BBC.

David Elstein, the former CEO fo Britain's Channel 5 and former BSkyB head of programming, says that the two internal BBC probes and upcoming report on the ordeal aren't enough. He said that a "far more ambitious agenda" is necessary ad that the  "basic structure and governance of the corporation," was to blame for the scandal.

"The arthritic response of the BBC to the Savile affair has exposed an unnecessarily complex management structure, a confused and confusing governance system, and an urgent need to break up the monolithic news and current affairs department," Elstein said. "Politicians need to understand that those [internal BBC] inquiries - however worthwhile in themselves - are only a step in an irresistible direction."

He believes that the top executive position at the BBC should be split into two and that the BBC Trust should be ditched. The BBC Trust is the BBC's governing body. Additionally, he calls for BBC radio and TV to be split and that BBC News Channel should be split off as well.

"Another radical step would be to divest BBC Production from BBC Broadcast," which would separate the content production from the broadcasting operations, Elstein said. "It has never been clear why the nation's largest creative force should be restricted to supplying just one of the U.K.'s broadcasters."

Finally, he thinks the BBC needs to be supervised and regulated by U.K. media regulated Ofcom.

Elstein currently is the chairman of the Broadcasting Policy Group, which has previously suggested BBC reforms. No conflict of interest there, right?

- David Elstein
- Jimmy Savile
- BBC one

Written by: Hamatosan
Nov 8th, 2012, 3:24 am


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Message Posted On Nov 9th, 2012, 1:37 am

What kind of coverage is this getting in the U.K.?


Message Posted On Nov 9th, 2012, 12:36 am
Do not trust that shameless bandwagon - they could not care less about childrens. Above all other things, it's about privatizing the BBC, period. (granted, it has greatly deteriorated in the last decade in important respects, but this move would truly make it go to s**t.)
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Message Posted On Nov 8th, 2012, 9:56 am
Without breaking the BBC up i do believe that this provides an opportunity for the public to get rid of the archaic TV tax and compel the BBC to stand on its own feet where scandals like this would threaten ruin and so would not be allowed to happen unlike now where they can do as they please since whatever happens every tv owner under 70 in the uk is expected to pay for them with no regard to income or viewing habits.
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