Security, Trust and the Future of the BBC World Service

  • Gordon JohnstonEmail author
  • Emma Robertson


Johnston and Robertson examine the changes that have taken place in the funding, management and governance of the World Service since 1989. The wider context is provided by the digital revolution, anxieties about security and falling levels of trust in news media. Writing in early 2019, Johnston and Robertson return to their argument that the role of overseas broadcasting has always involved deliberations about the future of the UK, and argue that these debates are now shaped by the Government’s commitment to leave the European Union and the centrifugal currents in British politics. For the BBC, the question is not only what it means to be a global broadcaster, but what it means to be a national broadcaster in a divided kingdom.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of History, Classics and ArchaeologyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.History Program, Department of Archaeology and HistoryLa Trobe UniversityBendigoAustralia

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