Maria Kyriacou

Public Service Broadcasters: Fit for the future?

rom left: Kirsty Wark, Fraser Nelson, Alex Mahon and Maria Kyriacou (credit: Richard Kendal)

Footage of John Cleese’s famous all-star 1985 BBC licence fee advert – in which he adapts the “What have the Romans ever done for us?” scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian to show how much the corporation provides – kicked off this session on public service broadcasting. Former BBC Director-­General and New York Times CEO Mark Thompson said many of the reasons that Cleese listed for paying the licence fee still felt “very true today”.