The BBC at 100: A Century of  Informing, Educating, Entertaining—and Trying to Keep Politicians Honest

From a story on niemanlab.org by Jean Seaton headlined “The BBC at 100: A century of  informing, educating, entertaining—and trying to keep politicians honest”:

The BBC as it is known in Britain — as a breathing part of our political and social life, the soundtrack to our private lives, our thinking as citizens and our voice to the world — was born out of conflict.

It was a reaction to the nihilistic slaughter of the First World War, created by a tiny band of young visionaries in 1922, who rejected the grinding propaganda of the war. Theirs was a vision for a new public space, using the technological boundlessness of broadcasting — that was in itself ignorant of hierarchies and conventional barriers — for good purposes.