A brave new dawn for the arts? Hardly, Tony Hall

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC
Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC Credit: Leon Neal

Last week, the BBC announced a new initiative, collaborations with major arts organisations around the UK. Director-general Tony Hall has been beavering away at this since returning to the BBC four years ago. Now he dubs it “the greatest commitment to arts for a generation”. 

This claim may sound odd to anyone who perceives the public popularity  of the Proms and BBC radio’s long-standing encouragement of artists of every kind. It is as if Hall thinks BBC radio has, for decades, ignored all stages, pages, galleries and screens. 

That, as any listener knows, is not true. BBC television may not have kept pace with what happens in the arts and sciences. Radio has, and does. Where is BBC television’s...

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