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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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
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 British broadcaster is hoping to raise revenues while adapting to the television model of the future.
David Sims, The Atlantic, 17 September 2015
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 9 September 2015
Debating Matters' acclaimed Topic Guides place debates in a social context
Anwar Oduro-Kwarteng, Debating Matters, 28 August 2015
'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
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
Tom Slater, spiked, August 2015
The BBC is by no measure a global player, but it must jealously guard its hard-earned creative reputation
Observer, 2 August 2015
Lewis Carroll knew the secret to children's stories – never moralise.
James Woudhuysen, spiked, 24 July 2015
Middle East revolutions: hopes and fears?
"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast