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2021-09-15

So is the new chairman taking steps to root out disinformation and conspiracy theories from the BBC output, and worried about the ever-growing proposals that would reclassify free speech as hate speech and thus effectively censor it, further restricting the BBC's journalistic licence to bully their interviewees both mercilessly and ineffectually?

Well, I suppose it depends whom you ask. No doubt if the chairman found any such undesirable output being put out by the BBC he would put a stop to it, but as always it comes down to who decides which output qualifies. Perhaps the chairman has a view on this.

Obviously the Regulator would set the overall standard and the tone, and the chairman would like better regulation (although he may not be specifically aiming at the BBC here, which by definition must already be beyond reproach).

Of course the unasked question is "who will regulate the regulator?", and that's because it must obviously be Parliament. Or the Courts. Or maybe the Ministry of Truth (Oh sorry, not quite there yet). After all, there is a balance to be struck in order to achieve the correct level of responsiveness within the regulatory system - 'regulation delayed is regulation denied' so compromise is inevitable.

Clearly these are complex matters, and we are grateful to Independence Daily as they do their best to shine a light within these murky waters.