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In this BBC Debate, we ask our expert panel to consider the challenges confronting the BBC as it enters its second centenary.  

The cost and mechanism of funding the Corporation has always been near the top of that list. The former Secretary of State, Nadine Dorries, claimed that the current license fee settlement would be the last. The BBC says universality is more important than the means. What could replace the licence fee?

Competition from streamers is inflating the costs of programme-making, and young audiences (16-24 year olds) are spending more time with TikTok than the BBC.  What should be the BBC be concentrating on?

When Tim Davie began his tenure as DG he made impartiality a priority, yet we’ve recently seen how easy it is for a reporter to breach it with “glee”. Trust arrives on foot but leaves on horseback as the Dutch saying goes.

But recent events in its centenary year such as the Commonwealth Games and the coverage of the death and funeral of HM The Queen remind even the BBC’s most ardent critics how much it is valued.

Join our panel as they offer the current leadership their views and advice. We want you to be able to ask your questions and take part in the debate too. If you want to submit your questions in advance, please email them to:

Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine over which to continue the debate.

Andrew Eborn, International lawyer, and broadcaster

Panel includes:
Greg Dyke, Former Director General, the BBC
Prof. Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History, University of Westminster; Official Historian of the BBC

Phil Barnes

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