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Re your article on Channel 4 (Revolution in your living room, G2, 12 September), from 1973 to 2002 the BBC’s Community Programme Unit gave the marginalised, unheard and ignored the opportunity to make programmes under their own editorial control. The CPU’s Video Diaries and Video Nation strands also put the cameras in the public’s hands. Part of Channel 4’s initial remit was to broadcast unheard voices and different perspectives, but the public access revolution began at the BBC.
Editor, BBC Community Programme Unit 1985-1990
• I hope that trade union representatives of the RMT and Aslef will be invited to write a full-page opinion piece in response to Simon Jenkins’ (Fragmented railways will never work, public or private, 21 September).
Co-founder of Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways
Source: Guardian Transport
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