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Director General Portrait – Alasdair Milne

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Alasdair Milne defended the BBC through one of the most difficult periods in its history. The Thatcher government was hostile towards the licence fee, and critical of BBC output – notably its coverage of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and international terrorism – while the divide between the governors and the executive grew wider than ever during the Real Lives row. After a series of bruising battles in which Milne defended the editorial independence of the BBC the governors insisted on a change of Director General, and he was asked to step down.

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    oil on canvas

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    92 x 71 cm (E)

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