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  1. September 11, 2013

    Politicians are responsible for the BBC’s infighting

    In principle, I favour the separation of chairmen and chief executives, but when they have to be physically separated in...

  2. Westminster Blog

    September 9, 2013

    MPs question BBC pay offs

    This is the transcript of the Live Blog session ending at 18:04 on 9 Sep 2013. (c) PA Mr Thompson giving evidence Senior BBC...

  1. The A-List

    September 9, 2013

    Abolish the BBC Trust before it does more damage

    The ghost of Tony Blair has haunted the corridors of the Westminster parliament for the past two weeks. David Cameron...

  2. December 20, 2012

    BBC considers partial recoup of pay-off

    The BBC Trust is examining ways to recoup some of the £450,000 pay-off for George Entwistle, the short-lived former...

  3. October 16, 2012

    BBC picks heads of Savile inquiries

    The BBC has appointed Dame Janet Smith, the former High Court judge, and Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News, to lead...

  4. October 10, 2012

    BBC asked to check child safety policies

    Chris Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has asked that the broadcaster’s child protection and sexual harassment...

  5. July 6, 2012

    Beeb’s new leader and an empire under siege

    White smoke puffed from the BBC’s chimney on Thursday, as the chairman, Chris Patten, unveiled its new director-general to...

  6. April 7, 2012

    How the Chinese see the west will become more important

    From Mr Nigel Cox. Sir, Is the UK or Great Britain, or even England, as ancient a nation as China? Chris Patten (“Chinese...

  7. April 6, 2012

    Mark Thompson

    Waiting for Mark Thompson in the reception area of Broadcasting House, I am seized by the sudden conviction that I am...

  8. March 19, 2012

    Mark Thompson to leave BBC after Olympics

    Mark Thompson will step down as BBC director-general after this summer’s London Olympics. The 54-year-old has headed the...

  9. February 24, 2012

    Enlightenment for sale

    What Are Universities For?, by Stefan Collini, Penguin, RRP£9.99, 240 pages In recent years publishers have taken...

  10. December 8, 2011

    Time for Britain to summon spirit of Agincourt

    From Mr J. Gordon Bonnyman. Sir, One might have thought now is the time for Britain to make a cold calculation of what is in...

  11. December 7, 2011

    Beckett’s advice for the US public

    From Lord Patten of Barnes. Sir, Edward Luce (“Now on Broadway! Waiting for Euro”, December 5) suggests a couple of lines...

  12. October 14, 2011

    Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

    When Chinese historians are able one day to ply their subversive trade without control or censorship, their judgment will...

  13. September 12, 2011

    Tiananmen anniversary: Vigil for the dead takes on an extra edge

    Causeway Bay is usually a neon-lit stage for what the US author Joan Didion once described as Hong Kong’s “visual poem of...

  14. July 25, 2011

    Now for a slimmer, more distinctive BBC

    The BBC has been enjoying Rupert Murdoch’s troubles. In the humbling of News Corp, it has cheered the despatch of an...

  15. July 3, 2011

    Patten asks Ofcom to assess BBC proposals

    The new chairman of the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s sovereign body, has asked Ofcom to take a lead role in deciding whether...

  16. June 8, 2011

    A degree of fame is the ticket to success

    The philosopher A.C. Grayling has announced plans for a new private college of humanities stuffed to the gills with...

  17. June 4, 2011

    Cultural Revolution was reassessed by Chinese

    From Dr Henry A. Kissinger. Sir, Lord Patten, in his review of On China (“Fateful embrace”, Life & Arts, May 28), describes...

  18. May 27, 2011

    Fateful embrace

    Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon On China, by Henry Kissinger, Allen Lane, RRP£30, Penguin Press, RRP$36, 608 pages No one can...

  19. Westminster Blog

    March 30, 2011

    Jeremy Hunt has not borrowed a library book for over a decade

    When the new chair of the BBC, Chris Patten, admitted he was not a fan of TV soap operas it caused a mild ripple. His...

  20. March 12, 2011

    Qing, Soong and China’s future

    From Ms Sue Smoot. Sir, Chris Patten’s review of The Scramble for China (“China in their hands”, Life & Arts, March 5) sent...

  21. March 12, 2011

    LSE runners and riders line up

    Wanted: a world-class academic with management expertise, brilliant presentational skills, a top networking touch, media...

  22. Brussels Blog

    December 9, 2010

    WikiLeaks and the EU: Beggaring thy neighbours

    Among the more revealing EU-related disclosures in the WikiLeaks trove are not about Washington’s view of the European...

  23. Westminster Blog

    November 8, 2010

    The full list of David Cameron's business envoys

    David Cameron has just unveiled the full list of unpaid trade ambassadors working on his behalf around the world. I’ve put...

  24. September 13, 2010

    Rose set for private equity after M&S exit

    Sir Stuart Rose is to join private equity group Bridgepoint as an adviser in the first new job for the outgoing Marks and...

  25. August 10, 2010

    Two-state solution is lacking viability

    From Dr John Ure. Sir, Chris Patten (Comment, July 29) is good at calling a spade a spade when he makes the case for a...

  26. July 28, 2010

    To avert disaster, stop isolating Hamas

    As we all know, peace will come to the Middle East when Israel and Palestine agree to a two-state solution, with a viable...

  27. Westminster Blog

    July 21, 2010

    Obama and Cameron do dinner

    By George Parker, political editor David Cameron was still glowing last night after his three-hour bonding session with...

  28. July 5, 2010

    Cost of UK papal visit rises to £10m

    Benedict XVI shelters from the sun as he attends the unveiling of a fountain built in his honour in the Vatican gardens on...

  29. June 7, 2010

    European vision of pragmatism

    From Mr Gordon Bonnyman. Sir, Chris Patten identifies a number of priorities for the European Union in the coming years...

  30. June 4, 2010

    Noble vision for EU, but impractical

    From Mr Derek Roper.Sir, Chris Patten has delivered what is probably the biggest surprise I have ever had from the FT...

  31. FT Alphaville

    June 3, 2010

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, Chris Patten: Europe must focus on what works Start from the top....

  32. June 2, 2010

    Europe must focus on what works

    Start from the top. Over the past half century, the European Union, the largest economy in the world, has been a spectacular...

  33. May 3, 2010

    Why British foreign policy will not change

    Since world war two, changes of government in Britain have not led to significant shifts in foreign policy. Both the largest...

  34. April 22, 2010

    Challenger's europhile credentials

    Nick Clegg is arguably the most europhile leader of a big political party that Britain has produced in many years, writes...

  35. February 27, 2010

    The unlikely hero who played a blinder in Hong Kong

    It was the summer of 1967 and in Beijing there was turmoil. Red Guards had burnt down the British chancery. Now, a week...

  36. February 26, 2010

    Shadow cabinet divided over decision-making approach

    Views of David Cameron's decision-making style vary radically depending on whether or not the perspective comes from someone...

  37. February 25, 2010

    Shadow cabinet split on decision style

    By George Parker and Alex Barker Views of David Cameron’s decision-making style vary radically depending on whether or not...

  38. December 19, 2009

    Discovering New Zealand

    A hiking path in the Otago region on New Zealand’s South Island New Zealand was the last place on earth to be populated, 800...

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