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Ignore the BBC bashers: the Corporation has had a good, old-fashioned election

It’s taken grief from all sides, just as it should. But not only has the national broadcaster learned a few new tricks, above all it has proven the value of a well-prepared interview

By Mark Damazer  

It is fair to criticise the BBC—but overall, they have had an undeniably strong election. Photo: PA

Who would have thought it? The big media story of the election revolved around a 70-year-old white male BBC interviewer presiding over the most traditional of formats—the extended one-on-one interview with a party leader in prime-time on BBC1. All very retro.

For all the pre-match hype about killer moments in TV debates, it was an abrasive, well-qualified interviewer brimming with a lot of facts, figures and research that drove fear into the…

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