The BBC will broadcast from museums across the UK during this year's Museums at Night festival

BBC backs the arts

Simon Stephens, 26.03.2014
Broadcaster's director-general announces a raft of new initiatives
Museums and galleries will be at the heart of the BBC’s plan to improve and expand its arts coverage.

In a speech earlier this week, BBC director-general Tony Hall announced “the biggest push we’ve made in the arts for a generation”, and promised that there would be “more arts on the BBC than ever before”.

The line-up will kick off with coverage of the Museums at Night festival (15-17 May).

There will be broadcasts from museums and galleries across England, Wales and Scotland with BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz presenting an hour-long programme on BBC Two.

The BBC also announced that it would cover the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, Liverpool Biennial, Manchester International Festival as well as the work of the National Galleries of Scotland and the British Museum.

Hall also revealed the names of some senior arts figures who will advise the BBC. These include Tate director Nicholas Serota and Alex Poots, the director of the Manchester International Festival.

Digital arts output will become increasingly important for the BBC. The Space, an online digital platform that the BBC runs with Arts Council England, will be relaunched in the summer under the leadership of Ruth MacKenzie, the former director of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


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MA Member
01.04.2014, 12:20
The BBC as the nation's most important broadcaster should not be license fee paid, it should be tax paid and placed under full government ownership. It should go back to it's own Reithian remit of promoting education and culture. This should mean branching out into areas not just about media, but about reaching out in an educational way.There should be a system of regional syndicates running regional networks. Independent local syndicate run local broadcasters should be encoureged. Museums should also be run as syndicates. I would like there to be an official BBC or Government newspaper, delivered to each address, giving genuinly unbiased news. It should be mandatory for every school child to have visited a theatre production, museum and/or art gallery by the time they reach 14 and for tax funding to assist where parents find it financially challenging. The BBC on a national basis should be run either as a syndicate or on a corporatist basis, with representatives from each field of study and section of society. The BBC should be part of a confederation of cultural and educational bodies.
MA Member
27.03.2014, 13:29
I am interested in being involved in the arts coverage for the BBC, especially in researching subjects/topics.
How can I get involved in the Arts for the BBC?