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The BBC and decentralisation: the pilgrimage to Manchester

Noonan, Caitriona 2012. The BBC and decentralisation: the pilgrimage to Manchester. International Journal of Cultural Policy 18 (4) , pp. 363-377. 10.1080/10286632.2011.598516

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This research critically analyses the decentralisation of the BBC’s Department of Religion and Ethics, from its base in London to the office of BBC Manchester in 1994. It examines the rationale behind the BBC’s decision to move this production unit, and analyses the long-term impact of this policy on both the logistics and programme-making culture of the unit. Using interviews with staff working within the department at the time of the move, this research demonstrates how policy decisions such as this are negotiated by professionals within the Corporation and the conflicts which arise around efficiency and equality. The case of the Department of Religion and Ethics also provides important lessons for the future decentralisation of BBC departments to Salford Quays which is due to be implemented in 2011.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1028-6632
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:24

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