Britain: Another Blow to the BBC

Another Blow to the Bbc

For the second time in a month, the independence of the British Broadcasting Corporation was called into question. First the BBC acceded to a government demand that a TV documentary about Northern Ireland be killed (officials later announced that a modified version of the program would air at a future date). This time the furor is over the revelation that MI5, Britain's domestic counterintelligence service, has for decades been a secret participant in decisions to hire, fire and promote BBC employees.

The weekly Observer said that the BBC maintained an MI5 liaison office, now under the guidance of Brigadier Ronnie Stonham,...

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