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  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113286
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

Uncertain Vision

Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC




A unique and controversial portrait of the BBC based on unparalleled access to all ranks of the corporation.

The BBC is the world's most famous and powerful cultural institution. Throughout its 75 year existence it has attracted criticism, controversy and political bullying, as well as epitomising globally the heights to which public, non-commercial broadcasting can aspire. It remains the model for public broadcasters around the world. Uncertain Vision is a unique and fascinating portrait of this venerable institution in changing and uncertain times. It is based on the most extensive independent research ever conducted inside the BBC, during which Georgina Born was allowed unprecedented access to employees from all ranks of the organisation and gives an extraordinary portrait of the corporation during the later 1990s, the last years of the regime of the former director general John Birt. Its insight into the workings and problems of the BBC is unparalled and it does not flinch from criticising the destructive policies of the Birt period. It promises to be a stimulating, controversial and definitive portrait of the most fascinating period in the history of the greatest broadcasting organisation in the world.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113286
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

About the Author

Georgina Born

Georgina Born is an academic, musician and writer. She is Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music at Cambridge University and Fellow of Emmanuel College.


Praise for Uncertain Vision

“A really good look at the BBC, a fascinating and vibrant analysis, with great yarns”

Helena Kennedy, Guardian


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