The Sunday Times
"A 'must' for anyone interested in the future of what many regard as Britain's most important cultural institution and our greatest source of 'soft power' on the world stage."
"A frighteningly informative torrent of history, politics, global economics and warm sympathy...[The message is that] markets aren't everything, culture matters, the BBC has rich unaccountable enemies, suffers tiresome regulation. But it's important, and we would miss it."
"Part business textbook, campaigning guide and sprightly whodunnit...the authors...capture the extraordinary animus directed at the BBC from some quarters, and the hollowness of some of the anti-BBC arugments."
The Daily Telegraph
'It is admirable of the authors to wish to save this institution, because aspects of it are genuinely worth saving: but if the arguments in this book were deployed to the British public, rather than to the select group of bien-pensants who are alone likely to be its readers, it would close within months."
British Journalism Review
"This entertainingly written but deeply serious book...should be ready by anyone who cares about our profession - and perhaps, in light of recent events across the Atlantic, our democracy as well."
Journal of British Cinema and Television
"...this important book...is remarkable for the range and extent of its carefully researched evidence and the detail of its documentation...packed with facts and indispensable for its depth and scope."
"Across fourteen details and thoroughly researched chapters (plus five appendices) [the authors] set out to define what the BBC is, assess its role in today's media landscape and take a deep dive into its rivals while questioning the often shady and obscure motivations for the attacks."