Mark Thompson

The Fin­an­cial Times has a trenchant cri­tique of BBC World­wide and its impact on the pub­lic ser­vice broad­cast­ing debate. But who exactly is the per­son ‘famil­i­ar with the BBC Trust’s think­ing’ that they quote? Or the lead­ing Lon­don banker? Don’t be temp­ted by the obvi­ous jig­saw iden­ti­fic­a­tion. A per­son famil­i­ar with the BBC Trust’s think­ing says: […]


The Trust Obsession

April 28, 2008

CNN bills itself as the most trus­ted name in news. Dir­ect­or-Gen­er­­al Mark Thompson reck­ons pub­lic trust is the life-blood of the BBC. Politi­cians and TV presenters wail and tear their clothes in pub­lic at the public’s loss of trust in the media. “Woe is us,” wails the col­lect­ive cry from the journ­al­ism pro­fes­sion, “they don’t […]


Oné of my favour­ite quotes on demo­cracy (dis­owned by its ori­gin­at­or alas), comes from Brit­ish edu­cat­or Derry Han­nam: Learn­ing about demo­cracy and cit­izen­ship in school is a bit like read­ing hol­i­day bro­chures in pris­on. Why do I trawl that quote up? Well, BBC Dir­ect­or-Gen­er­­al Mark Thompson, in an inter­est­ing and wide-ran­­ging speech address­ing the trust gap in […]

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