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Join us as we hear Dr Tom Mills and Professor DeRuyter discuss the implications and challenges of two topical and important questions facing the country today. Dr Mills will explore the history of the BBC and its role and questions its role in the country today. Professor DeRuyter will offer an insight into the biggest question which the country faces, that of Brexit.
Mouthpiece of the Establishment?
Dr Tom Mills (Lecturer in Sociology and Policy, Aston University)
The BBC is a world renowned broadcaster and a trusted source of news. But has it lived up to its promise of independence and impartiality? In this talk Tom Mills, author of ‘The BBC: Myth of a Public Service’, argues that the BBC has always been part of the British Establishment and that its reporting has always reflected the interests of elites.
Brexit – a survivor’s guide
Professor Alex DeRuyter (Director of Research at Birmingham City University’s Business School )
At a national level, there remains considerable debate over what the Leave result means – is it to leave the EU in its entirety, or should it be a looser exit retaining membership of both the European Single Market and the European Customs Union? The Government’s stated aim is to leave the EU fully. This talk will assess the most likely outcome and the impact on the local economy, considering a range of issues that might conceivably arise as a result of leaving the EU.