The Embattled Beeb

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Despite a harsh dressing down by Lord Hutton, the British Broadcasting Corporation is nevertheless faring better than Tony Blair’s government in some British polls.

The Daily Telegraph reports that when asked who they trust, the BBC or the government, nearly 70 percent weighed in on the side of the broadcaster. But the positive polls numbers are cold comfort for a news organization that now finds itself rudderless in a stormy sea.

Its two top men, and the reporter at the center of the inquiry, have all resigned. Morale is at an all-time low. And the government-issued charter that keeps the BBC” on the air is up for renewal, a prospect that some fear may prompt payback from Tony Blair.


Martin Bell, BBC foreign affairs correspondent from 1962 – 1997 and former MP

John Cassidy, staff writer for The New Yorker;