Is the BBC still in peril? Online discussion – 12 May

Posted on: May 1, 2020 by admin

The London Press Club has advertised an upcoming event exploring the future of the BBC in the light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Chaired by LBC presenter Iain Dale, the online discussion will take place on May 12 and will ask what will lie in the future BBC Director General’s in-tray?  

Further details are below.

Coronavirus may have taken over the public discourse but has it kicked the threat to the BBC into the long grass? Three months ago, ‘Downing Street sources’ were briefing that the BBC was to be broken up and non-payment of the licence fee decriminalised, subject to the consultation, which has now closed. Meanwhile, the current Director General, Lord Tony Hall, leaves office in the ‘early summer’. Interviews for the new DG are taking place.

What will be in his/her in tray?

Join this online discussion on TUESDAY MAY 12TH at 4.00 BST.

Chair: Iain Dale LBC Presenter 


  • Mark Damazer – Former Controller BBC Radio Four and BBC Trustee former Master St Peter’s College Oxford
  • Roger Mosey – Former Head BBC TV News. Master Selwyn College Cambridge 
  • Julia Hartley Brewer – Talk Radio Presenter and journalist. TBC
  • Liam Halligan – Economics Commentator The Telegraph Group, Former Economics Correspondent Channel Four News 

It will be streamed live on YouTube

You can ask questions in advance via email or on the afternoon via Twitter @johnmair100.

Register on Eventbrite

The book “Is the BBC in peril? Does it deserve to be? is published by Bite Sized Books and available on Amazon or from Bite Sized.

Producers: Geoffrey Davies, Phil Barnes and John Mair