This year's Royal Television Society Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture is to be given by Michael Dobbs, onely begetter of smash hit political thriller House of Cards. As any fule kno, the original (British) is far superior to the campy American version that the massed ranks of Sky Atlantic owners (gnashing of teeth) so enjoy. Michael - Lord - Dobbs is talking about Public Service Broadcasting. If Dad has a ghost he will be looking on with a stern eye. He was a great evangelist for the Licence Fee, as a mechanism, he believed, that allowed the corporation to avoid - although obviously not always successfully - "pap" on the one hand (pressure from commercial interests) and "propaganda" on the other (pressure from the state).
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