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Read this: but the BBC's new board must be resisted

Summary: That's what must be resisted, not just because this Tory government has a bizarre visceral antipathy to the very idea that our great public broadcaster is such a success, but because Labour governments have a bad record too of trying to intimidate the BBC. I was in the newsroom as social affairs editor in the run-up to the 1997 election, and heard the nightly bellowing threats down the phone by Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell, even before the bulletin went out. Can the Archers and EastEnders fans, news junkies, Radio 3, Hollow Crown and Strictly fans be mobilised over the nature of the BBC's governing board The government plainly thinks it has stopped the public outcry - even as it still pursues its intent to curb, control and shrink our greatest national glory. - www.theguardian.com

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