Manifestos support the BBC … for now – The Guardian
Steve Hewlett on party manifestos promises on the BBC:
"So there you have it. One of the few specific media proposals to be found anywhere in manifestoland (also supported by both Labour and the Lib Dems, although they haven't put it in theirs) and, for all the reassuring pre-election talk of a robust and independent BBC, it is quite likely to result in the opposite. Throw in Labour's known predilection for top-slicing and the categorical commitment (in an interview on last week's The Media Show on Radio 4) by Jeremy Hunt, the shadow culture secretary, that the Conservatives will abolish the BBC Trust as soon as charter renewal allows, and it looks as if the BBC is in for quite a fight whoever wins."