The BBC is the world's most famous and powerful cultural institution and remains the gold standard for broadcasters on every continent. Uncertain Vision is the definitive account of the BBC in the last decade, an engrossing and penetrating take on the corporation at a critical and fascinating period in its history.
Georgina Born has conducted the most extensive independent research ever inside the BBC. In this path-breaking book she blends together reportage and cultural history, social analysis and cultural criticism, offering both a panorama of the BBC's history and an intimate portrait of the people that make it up - producers and journalists, channel controllers and strategists.
Uncertain Vision dissects director-general John Birt's policies to reveal how his 'new managerialism' undermined the creativity of the BBC and fuelled television's decline. It probes Greg Dyke's reign as director-general and the tumultuous events around the Hutton inquiry, and looks to the future: to the threats posed by escalating government interventions, and to the opportunities and challenges of digital broadcasting and new media.(2004-09-22)
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The BBC is the world's most famous and powerful cultural institution and remains the model for public broadcasters around the globe. Based on the most extensive independent research ever conducted inside the BBC, Uncertain Vision concentrates on the corporation during the later 1990s, the last years of the regime of the former director-general John Birt. Blending reportage and cultural history, it offers both a panorama of the BBC's history and an intimate portrait of the people that make it up - producers, directors, editors, accountants, and managers - and addresses the tumultuous recent events at the BBC and looks to the future: to the new challenges of satellite and digital broadcasting; to the aftermath of the Hutton Inquiry; and to what might lie ahead for the new chairman and director-general. Uncertain Vision is an engrossing, controversial, and definitive account of the greatest broadcasting organisation in the world at the most fascinating period its history.Review:
For anyone who is interested in decoding the history of the BBC under Birt and understanding the anatomy of the organisation, Georgina Born's book is the Rosetta Stone (Sir Richard Eyre)
Well-written and informative, full of useful insights into the culture of the BBC ( David Puttnam)
A unique and intriguing insight into the inner workings of the BBC during a critical and often stormy period in its history (Mark Thompson, Bbc Director-General)
Fascinating... Gripping... Well observed and illuminating ( Guardian)
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Book Description Vintage Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099428938