The BBC is one of the most important political and cultural institutions in Britain, and influential and trusted in the world. But how far has it lived up to its reputation for independence and impartiality? Tom Mills describes the BBC’s long history of serving powerful interests in society from the 1920s to today, and considers its potential for reform.
Tom Mills is a Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University and the author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016). His work is centrally concerned with the ideas and practices of powerful groups, and the social networks which influence policy making. He is the co-editor and co-author of What is Islamophobia? (Pluto, 2017) and is currently working on a co-authored manuscript with Professor David Miller examining terrorism experts.