bbc

3 Jul

Just listened to Stephen Fry’s latest “podgram” on the future of the BBC. Inspired and soothed, I checked the comments from his blog. The following comment was found there ::

Britain should remember that it is a tragically tiny country that most people wouldn’t have ever heard of if it punched its natural weight. It is no longer known for its quality manufacturing, no longer the custodian of a massive empire and ever less relevant in global politics alongside the growing superpowers. One thing remains however, and that is Britain’s role as a cultural cornerstone for the English speaking world. Its programming in both radio and television has permeated the English speaking world from my father’s childhood bedroom in Cape Town to corners of Australia, India, Canada, the US and New Zealand. To think that the global reach and effect of British programming isn’t to Britain’s benefit is simply moronic. British comedy does more to win hearts and minds than any of its military follies.

The World Service is testament to the fact this was once widely understood. Has the ambition of global cultural relevance died with imperial ambition? I hope not.

The kernel of Stephen’s beautifully articulated speech (paraphrased) ::

The BBC is flowers on a roundabout x 1,000,000

A public excess, that is, without a second of doubt, worth it.

So true.

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6 Responses to “bbc”

  1. jennie.rigg@googlemail.com July 4, 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    Here is me, agreeing with you: http://community.livejournal.com/theyorkshergob/96090.html

  2. jennie.rigg@googlemail.com July 4, 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    Here is me, agreeing with you: http://community.livejournal.com/theyorkshergob/96090.html

  3. davehalligan@gmail.com July 7, 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    Could you provide me the podcast in non iTunes flavour – i refuse to allow that software on my machine, ta

  4. davehalligan@gmail.com July 7, 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    Could you provide me the podcast in non iTunes flavour – i refuse to allow that software on my machine, ta

  5. aaronsheath@gmail.com July 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm #

    Fair, enough.The RSS is here http://www.stephenfry.com/podcasts/rss.xml

  6. aaronsheath@gmail.com July 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm #

    Fair, enough.The RSS is here http://www.stephenfry.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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