31st October 2005

 

THE BBC - VALUE FOR MONEY OR STEALTH TAX?

 

How the BBC spends licence payers’ money is one of the topics being discussed by Professor Sylvia Harvey in her inaugural lecture at the University of Lincoln tomorrow (Tuesday).

 

Sylvia Harvey is Professor of Broadcasting Policy at the University of Lincoln and a graduate of the Film School at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

She is a founder member of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and has published widely on the topics of film theory and broadcasting history and policy.

 

Her current research interests are in UK film and broadcasting policy and regulation.

“The BBC can be found among that select circle of institutions and brand names that have genuinely global reach; it has an international presence,” said Professor Harvey.

 

“In Britain most people feel that they have a stake in it – either because they pay for it, or because they watch it, listen to it or draw their niche news and information from its large and growing website.”

In her talk entitled ‘Whose BBC? Monarchs, Moguls, Minders and Multi-culturalism’ Professor Harvey will explore the origins of the BBC, how it spends our money, how it reflects our diverse cultures and values, and whether it is a necessary or disposable feature of our cultural and political landscape.

Professor Harvey’s inaugural Lecture will be held on Tuesday 1st November in the
Jackson Lecture Theatre, in the main academic building on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus at 6pm.

 

The lecture is part of the Lincoln Academy series produced by the university aimed at enhancing cultural life by bringing nationally and internationally renowned artists and speakers to Lincolnshire.

 

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