Is the BBC's new arts strategy London-centric? - Museums Association

Is the BBC’s new arts strategy London-centric?

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The BBC has announced plans to improve and expands its arts coverage, which includes giving events and performances greater prominence, an increased annual television arts budget of £2.75m and a relaunch of digital platform, the Space.

In a speech last week, BBC director-general Tony Hall said there would be broadcasts from museums and galleries across the UK, and coverage of high-profile Royal Academy of Arts and British Museum exhibitions, as well as the Liverpool Biennial, Manchester International Festival and the work of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate, and Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court, have been appointed to advise BBC Arts. Nicholas Hytner, the outgoing artistic director of the National Theatre, has been appointed as a non-executive director of the BBC.

The changes have been criticised by some commentators, including the writer Stella Duffy in the Guardian, for being too London-centric.

Is the BBC doing enough to broaden its arts coverage? Will the new strategy make activity across the UK more accessible to everyone?

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