Taking Aim at the Beeb The BBC Is Under Pressure as Boris Johnson Tightens the Screws

The BBC is the mother of all public broadcasters, but it is facing the greatest challenge of its existence. The government has taken aim at the BBC on the eve of its 100th birthday, and it is unclear what the future holds.
Boris Johnson ahead of an appearance on the BBC

Boris Johnson ahead of an appearance on the BBC

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DER SPIEGEL 22/2021
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Queen Elizabeth II during the filming of the 1969 BBC documentary "Royal Family."

Queen Elizabeth II during the filming of the 1969 BBC documentary "Royal Family."

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Journalist Jeremy Paxman

Journalist Jeremy Paxman

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The BBC newsroom in London: Trust is eroding.

The BBC newsroom in London: Trust is eroding.

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The screenplay for the broad offensive on the BBC was written several years ago by Dominic Cummings.