Miranda Sawyer

BBC's James Purnell: “In a moment of crisis we are really reminded why we need public service media”

Speaking at an RTS webinar the BBC’s director of Radio and Education, James Purnell, said that the organisation effectively moved overnight to launch its popular and widely acclaimed home education initiative.

“Amazingly we provided an entirely new education service in lockdown – ten hours of new TV a week, 150 lessons a week, which hit a chord with the public,” he said.

Bitesize Daily lessons attracted record numbers as three million children tuned in on day one.