BBC Lost a Battle Over British Songs, and the War Is Far From Over
Boris Johnson came into office aiming to defund the BBC and let in rivals. The coronavirus has delayed that, but the broadcaster again finds itself a punching bag for Conservatives.
The pandemic reaffirmed the BBC’s value, but it remains on Boris Johnson’s hit list. It caved in to pressure to play the controversial lyrics of “Rule, Britannia.” Now it faces “reform” of its financing and competition from two new Fox News-style rivals.