Lord Patten Tells BBC To Get Risky

Soon-to-be Chairman Claims Heavy-Handed Editorial Policy

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Next week, Lord Patten will assume the role of chairman of the BBC Trust, but not without ruffling a few feathers first. In a Commons culture, media and sport select committee meeting last month, Patten criticized the BBC for shying away from content that could be considered controversial. Now, a new report and a slew of testimonials have come to light supporting Patten’s claims that the BBC's editorial board has become too heavy-handed.

A report by the International Broadcasting Trust found that content producers were concerned about an attitude of risk aversion within the BBC ranks, though most were not willing to talk about the problem publicly.



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