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Friday, 21 September, 2001, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
BBC's new chairman: Your thoughts
Gavyn Davies has been appointed the new chairman of the BBC, after a five-month search by an independent panel to fill one of the most influential posts in UK broadcasting.Disclaimer: The BBC will put up as many of your comments as possible but we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. The BBC reserves the right to edit comments that are published.
Gavyn Davies, who has been vice-chairman for eight months, was named Sir Christopher Bland's successor on Wednesday.
The decision has brought criticism from the Conservative Party because of Mr Davies' strong Labour links. He has now resigned from the Labour Party.
From a foreigner's perspective, frankly speaking, the consistent quality, neutrality and credibility of the BBC is most important. The appropriate successor should possess the proved power to continue the BBC as one of the most influential media and broadcasting companies in the world rather than one who has to be affiliated to either the Conservative or Labour Party.
People who are affiliated to political organisations have as much right to apply for (and get) jobs as those who are not. Any alternative would lead to some kind of horrible witch-hunt!
Simon Barker, UK
There is a problem that whatever your political view, you will think that the media is biased towards the other side. Labour obviously felt this for about fifteen years up to 1997 so it is quite natural that they should do what Mrs Thatcher and John Major did all those years - put their own supporters in influential positions in the media. I'm sure that the BBC will do its utmost to retain its impartiality. Programmes like "Today" on Radio 4 are still the best in the world!
Neus Garriock, UK
I don't know what all the fuss is about - this is exactly what to expect from Blair's "crony" government.
The BBC has been the bogeyman of politicians almost since broadcasting began. The Tories have had their share of placemen, so why whinge now? As for the comments about cronies, and corruption - my, my, don't some people have very short memories. Or shall we say selective?
At least there was an independent channel making the decision. I never saw the Tories use this when they gave the job to one of the old boy network.
He should be a good partner for Greg Dyke as they have similar views. His previous experience and involvement in earlier reviews of the BBC should be valuable, He can hardly do any worse that the dreadful internal market introduced by John Birt as if the BBC was some NHS Trust! Maybe he can sharpen up the plans for BBC3 recently rejected by the government. Here the BBC has fallen into the same trap as C4 by ignoring its public service remit in favour of a service originally planned to be aimed at 18-35 year olds rather than a broader audience. Good luck with the new digital strategy.
If Mr Davies has an interest in giving Britain back its global voice, he could push for a reversal of this decision. Otherwise, it makes little difference to us.
Yet another sign of the Blairite cronyism inherent in this corrupt and incompetent government.
Dave Jeffery, Hungary
Gavyn Davies is another champagne socialist multi millionaire and major contributor to the Labour Party which means he should get on well with his DG who is the same.
I'm totally convinced that Mr Davies will prove to be as successful at the BBC as his predecessor Mr Bland is at BT. After all, why hire someone who knows about the business when there are alternatives (BT might want to think about that one, too).
If you thought the BBC was politically biased before, you ain't seen nothing yet! No wonder people are losing faith in politics - how can you believe a word they say when they control the very media we watch and listen to?
Roland Burley, UK
This is once again another job for one of the boys. He is in the biggest growth industry in Britain, i.e. politics. No qualifications needed. Promotion guaranteed. Unlimited growth. What does he know about broadcasting? Not a lot. To say he was selected by an independent panel is an insult to our intelligence.
With its usual contemptuous disregard of this precept New Labour has ratified the appointment of a clearly partisan chairman. No wonder the BBC is thought of as the Blair Broadcasting Corporation. This government should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
There is already an insidious left-leaning bias to much of the BBC's news and current affairs output (witness the fiasco of last week's Question Time), and the appointment of Gavyn Davies will do little to correct this. It would appear that the politicisation of yet another public sector role has occurred, given that Mr. Davies has been a vice-chairman for a mere eight months, and that his previous views on reforming the BBC were roundly rejected.
Anna, London, UK
What the panel seem to have forgotten is that the BBC is a provider of entertainment and as such needs a leader who understands the national and world-wide entertainment market; Michael Grade was the only person who could have led the BBC to a brighter future in the entertainment industry while still being fiscally responsible. Who really wants their bank manager in charge of the funfair?
Thelma Matuk, Germany
In my opinion, any change of direction for the BBC has to be a good thing. Previously I had thought the corporation was a first class institution, but with recent developments such as churning out drivel such as Eastenders 4 times a week and pandering to the couch potato brigade rather than those of us with a brain, I now consider ITV and C4 to be much better providers of quality television. Change can only be good.
I'm slightly uneasy because of Mr Davies's links to the Labour Party. Provided the new vice-chairman has contrasting political views, things should be OK, however.
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