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The BBC licence fee hike adds insult to injury

10 February 2021 5:30 pm

In these chill winter days it’s good to know that at least one old lady is warmly wrapped up. The…

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…

Praise be to Mary MacLeod Trump. [Photo: The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images]

If we do get a good Anglo-American trade deal, we should thank Trump’s mother

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In an uncharacteristic fit of almost-robustness, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is ‘open-minded’ about scrapping the BBC licence…

Are driverless cars really the future?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

 Philip Hammond’s last Budget focused on driverless cars as an example of the brave new technological world. But should we…

How could the BBC allow Last Night of the Proms to be hijacked by worthy banalities?

19 September 2015 8:00 am

How should we deal with people who sneeze in public places? Stephen Jackson, aged 49, has found himself in court…

The Proms is taxpayers’ money well spent: it’s a national asset like fish and chips and the royal baby

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Make no mistake: the Proms, whose 2015 season was launched last night, would not, could not, exist without the BBC,…

The great Sky bundle boondoggle

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Foolishly, I have this wild notion that one day, if the stars align in my favour, I might be able…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Cameron should bring back twice-weekly PMQs

16 May 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron is taking a bit of trouble to unite his parliamentary party. Having built a coalition outside it last…

Just imagine what BBC schedules might look like in Christmas Future

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Is it time to scrap the licence fee? That’s a question we’re going to hear more and more about in…

The BBC bows to celebrity

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The licence fee is both a blessing and a curse for the BBC. The clue is in that nickname —…