‘The single most influential lobbying organisation in Britain’

Who are the most powerful lobbyists in Britain?

Tesco and BAA may be stuffed full of former Downing Street staffers, but the former chairman of Channel 4 appears to think that another organisation has even more lobbying muscle.

Writing in today’s MediaGuardian, just a week after leaving the broadcaster, Luke Johnson describes the BBC as “the single most influential lobbying organisation in Britain”.

He adds: “Whether it is backbench MPs on BBC local radio, print journalists on its payroll, ministers on the Today programme, tickets to the Proms or Wimbledon or Glastonbury, when its £3.5bn ‘jacuzzi of cash’ is threatened, the entire machine dedicates itself to seeing off any rival – rather like Doctor Who and the Daleks joining forces to destroy the ultimate enemy.”

Ouch!

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