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BBC at 100: Still the nation’s favourite Auntie?

The BBC is marking its centenary year, but will the corporation – facing TV licence reform, accusations of political bias, and competition from streaming services – survive the next 100? Writer Simon Potter examines the issues facing the national broadcaster

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Uncertain: The BBC is set to celebrate its 100th year. Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Uncertain: The BBC is set to celebrate its 100th year. Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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Loyalists carry placards which include claims of bias by the BBC

Loyalists carry placards which include claims of bias by the BBC

UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries. Credit: Steve Parsons

UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries. Credit: Steve Parsons

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Uncertain: The BBC is set to celebrate its 100th year. Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Writing a centenary history of the BBC, it was hard to avoid feeling like I was drafting up an obituary for the UK’s biggest public broadcaster.

Indeed, on the Sunday in January when I was busy signing off on the final proofs for my book, the UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries hinted that the end was nigh.


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