How Free is the BBC?

Wednesday 15 February
Room 204, Fred Wheeler Building, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​This talk will be given by Dr Tom Mills, Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University.

Is the BBC an authentically independent and impartial broadcaster? Or is it a mouthpiece of the government, the state and the Establishment? In this seminar, Tom Mills provides an overview of the scholarly evidence on the BBC's reporting, as well as its long history from its origins in the 1920s, to the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, and its neoliberal transformation from the 1980s to the present day.

Tom Mills is a Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University. His work is centrally concerned with the ideas and practices of powerful groups and actors, and the social networks which influence policy making. Tom was a researcher at the University of Bath where he worked on the ESRC funded project, 'Understanding and Explaining Terrorism: Expertise in Practice'. His PhD research, also at Bath, examined how the collapse of social democracy and the rise of neoliberalism impacted on the BBC's organisational structure and culture; work which forms the basis of his book The BBC: Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016).

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