: There’s a discussion starting in the comments, below, regarding privatization of the BBC. I’m in favor of it for a few reasons — most obvious is that government control of media in any form is a conflict. But I also believe that the open market is a good thing for media — and, no, not because I’m a free-market freak. I earnestly believe that it’s a good thing for editorial quality because it ties editors to their market — aka, their audience. If the audience doesn’t want to buy what you produce, you fail. I’ve long held that circulation directors of newspapers and magazines should report to editors and that editors should be both accountable for and responsible for circulation.
by Jeff Jarvis