Bad Reception

JEFF OVERS/PA

HIS MASTER'S VOICE: The BBC has been used by generations of leaders, from Winston Churchill to Tony Blair, pictured, to speak to the British public and the wider world

In a large concrete bunker far beneath the Bournemouth convention center, where the Labour Party held its annual conference last week, the British Broadcasting Corporation was hard at work. Amid temporary power lines and data cables, huddled around laptops and editing equipment and food wrappers, gaggles of journalists and technicians were churning out news for the many outposts of the Beeb's far-flung empire. Each had a laminated sign over its table: World Service, News 24, Radio Scotland, Radio Wales, Breakfast News, The World Tonight, P.M., The World At One, Today, Newsnight, Radio 5 Live, Arabic Service. A few hundred meters away,...

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