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The truth about the new BBC chairman? He won't make much difference

20 January 2021 12:59 am

The ‘pre-appointment hearings’ system overseen by parliament’s select committees doesn’t exactly set the heart racing; a pale imitation of the…

Sell bitcoin, buy Tesla

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Which is madder, bitcoin at $41,500 — oops, make that $31,000 on Monday — or Tesla shares at $880 apiece?…

Englishness vs California dreaming: Meghan and Harry's Archewell Audio reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

On Archewell Audio, Harry and Meghan’s new podcast, ‘love wins’, ‘change really is possible’, and ‘the courage and the creativity…

The comment that baffled Boris

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Real men are not supposed to confess to feeling fear. But I am frightened, second time round, about the plague.…

Richard Sharp will not lead a BBC revolution

8 January 2021 6:00 pm

If you wanted to start a revolution would you choose an Oxford educated multi-millionaire banker to lead it? Not the…

The BBC should be ashamed of its reporting on trans teenagers

23 December 2020 9:30 pm

This is an article about some difficult, complex subjects: suicide, mental health, support for transgender children. It’s also about something…

Nick Robinson could learn a thing or two from Plato

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Today presenter Nick Robinson has been reflecting on the political interview. He contrasts his interviews with scientists about Covid with…

The truth about me and Dominic Cummings

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It is such a relief that Dominic Cummings has gone. Not for the sake of the country or the government…

Who's laughing now? Cancel culture is killing comedy

17 November 2020 2:17 am

The BBC and Channel 4 are self-censoring their comedy output because they are so terrified of offending people. So says…

The Beeb could turn this script into TV gold: Howerd's End reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s touch and go whether the theatre will survive this latest assault. Some venues have pushed back their entire programme…

Is The Undoing properly great or just a run-of-mill thriller with a brilliant casting director?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

There must be some people somewhere who vaguely know their own spouses — but if so, they don’t tend to…

Did Panorama use tabloid methods to lure Diana?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

As time passes, there is — blessedly — ever less need to pay attention to ‘untold’ stories about Diana, Princess…

Spare us David Hare

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Having not watched television for nine months and already growing bored of the 1,000-piece jigsaw of General Alfredo Stroessner (part…

A beautiful radio adaptation: Radio 4’s The Housing Lark reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Nineteen fifty-six: the Suez crisis, the first Tesco, Jim Laker takes 19 wickets in a match. But also: Trinidadian pianist…

Who’s missing from that list of Great Black Britons

10 October 2020 9:00 am

There are two striking things about the new book, 100 Great Black Britons, which was compiled to celebrate the achievements…

Letters: The sorry state of BBC sport

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Misplaced Trust Sir: Charles Moore is as ever bang on target (The Spectator’s Notes, 26 September). National Trust members have…

BBC sports coverage is becoming unwatchable

3 October 2020 9:00 am

BBC sports coverage is becoming unwatchable

Impartiality and the battle for broadcast

28 September 2020 4:08 pm

Two big kites were launched by the Sunday Times that could, should they fly, redraw the broadcasting landscape. ‘BBC critics…

Charles Moore on BBC reform

28 September 2020 1:00 am

Former editor of The Spectator and Daily Telegraph Charles Moore is tipped to become chairman of the BBC. Despite being…

Paul Dacre and Boris Johnson: 'the Boston strangler' and the 'alley cat'

27 September 2020 7:28 am

Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, has reportedly been asked by the Prime Minister to chair the…

What I would do if I were in charge of the BBC

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I’ve been wrestling all week with indecision, the kind that tests one’s soul, and the uncertainty is killing me.…

Affectionate and unthreatening, just like usual: Last Night of the Proms reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The Last Night of the Proms came and went, and it was pretty much as anyone might have predicted, if…

Letters: In defence of seagulls

19 September 2020 9:00 am

China’s covered Sir: If Charles Moore had contacted the BBC, rather than conducting a fruitless Google search, we would have…

Our Belarusian blind spot

29 August 2020 9:00 am

I’d always rather liked the Finns, until I came across the conductor Dalia Stasevska. When I asked my mother what…

A convincing and hair-raising depiction of showbiz at its most luridly weird: I Hate Suzie reviewed

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Fifteen minutes into the first episode of I Hate Suzie, main character Suzie Pickles was doing a photoshoot in her…