This is the BBC

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A critical look at the BBC on its 100th birthday.

Unfortunately, an electrical fault is affecting some of our onsite services including those in our Knowledge Centre Theatre, where this event was due to take place. This means that this event will now be online only.

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The BBC has constantly evolved, developing from one radio station, to television, then multiple channels and now the competition with the internet and streaming services. This now-global institution is a reflection of 100 years of British history. The BBC’s official historian, Professor Jean Seaton, takes a critical look at the BBC on its 100th birthday, along with some special guests.

Genelle Aldred worked for over 13 years in media including ITN, ITV and the BBC. Her book Communicate for Change: Creating Justice in a World of Bias was published autumn 2021. Genelle is Deputy Chair of Women in Journalism

Mark Damazer is Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation. Previously he worked at the BBC for over 25 years before becoming Controller of Radio 4 in 2004. From 2015 – 17 he was a BBC Trustee (then the BBC’s governing body).

David Hendy is Emeritus Professor of Media and Cultural History at the University of Sussex. His books include The BBC: A People’s History; NOISE: A Human History of Sound and Listening, and Life on Air: A History of Radio Four, which was nominated for the Orwell Prize.

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, Director of The Orwell Foundation, and author of Pinkoes and Traitors: The BBC and the Nation, 1974–1987.

Patrick Younge is founder of Cardiff Productions and a non-executive director at ITV Studios Ltd. He was previously Chief Creative Officer of BBC Production (Studios), responsible for over 3000 BBC programme makers. He is Chair of the Council at Cardiff University.

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