Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Wolf Hall director blasts culture secretary over 'ideological' BBC cuts
Peter Kosminsky met with John Whittingdale to discuss cuts he says are rooted in Tories’ dislike of pre-election coverage
Kevin Rawlinson, Guardian, 25 September 2015

A Netflix-style US service is a smart move for the BBC
The BBC plans to launch an internet streaming service – it could end up saving the broadcaster’s skin
Thomas McMullan, alphr, 18 September 2015

The BBC Is Creating a Netflix-Style Streaming Site
The British broadcaster is hoping to raise revenues while adapting to the television model of the future.
David Sims, The Atlantic, 17 September 2015

The television license fee should be abolished
Debating Matters' acclaimed Topic Guides place debates in a social context
Anwar Oduro-Kwarteng, Debating Matters, 28 August 2015

Armando Iannucci urges BBC to monetise its programmes overseas and resist 'prejudiced' Tory attacks
'If the BBC were a weapons system, half the Cabinet would be on a plane to Saudi Arabia to tell them how brilliant it was'
Ian Burrell, Independent, 26 August 2015

Veep creator Armando Iannucci tells BBC to stop interfering with programme makers
Iannucci says US television companies like HBO and Netflix have learned from the culture of the BBC 10 or 15 years ago when programme makers had more freedom
Christopher Williams, Telegraph, 26 August 2015

Lenny Bruce: the Dapper Laughs of his day
Tom Slater, spiked, August 2015

The Observer view on the future of the BBC
The BBC is by no measure a global player, but it must jealously guard its hard-earned creative reputation
Observer, 2 August 2015

Why Alice is still wonderful
Lewis Carroll knew the secret to children's stories – never moralise.
James Woudhuysen, spiked, 24 July 2015

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