It is time for a publicly-owned digital information and entertainment organisation

Man with a plan: Jeremy Corbyn proposed a public provider to challenge private corporations.

I wouldn’t mind being a part of a publicly-owned digital information and entertainment provider.

It ought to be the BBC but that organisation has been inundated with stooges for the Conservative Party and private business.

As for a publicly-owned Facebook… there are already other platforms, run by socially-minded people. Perhaps it would be better to nationalise one of these – as it would be established already?

Jeremy Corbyn has proposed establishing a British corporation that would commission online TV, offer easy access to archive material held by public sector institutions and operate a social networking arm that could play a role in direct democracy.

“The public realm doesn’t have to sit back and watch as a few mega tech corporations hoover up digital rights, assets and ultimately our money,” the Labour leader said.

He said the British media was failing and that multinational corporations dominated the internet.

Delivering the Alternative MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh television festival on Thursday, Corbyn said: “A BDC could use all of our best minds, the latest technology and our existing public assets not only to deliver information and entertainment to rival Netflix and Amazon but also to harness data for the public good.”

Source: Corbyn proposes ‘public Facebook’ as part of media overhaul | Politics | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “It is time for a publicly-owned digital information and entertainment organisation

  1. rotzeichen

    If I could recommend that a group of current blogs act in unison as it might require more than one to make it viable. It would also mean that you could operate in a functional manner with holidays and pensions etc.

  2. Florence

    The BBC did start doing quite a lot of that sort of thing, but it was ahead of its time and not really understood. I think it was Thatcher (or Blair?) who told it to stop doing stuff that wasn’t core TV and radio functionality. Around the same time they were forced to privatise programme development and production.

    One legacy of that is the BBC Food site and a couple of years ago they decided to retire it and there was such an uproar it’s been kept.

    Maybe a parallel British Digital Corporation would be a good idea, as long as the democratisation of the BBC and any BDC were in place

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