BBC ‘manipulative,’ needs to be democratized: Loach

Prominent British filmmaker Ken Loach has blasted the BBC for its “manipulative” news, calling the network a “rotten” place for directors.

“The BBC is very aware of its role in shaping people’s consciousness; this is the story you should hear about, these are the people worth listening to. It’s manipulative and deeply political,” he said in Radio Times interview on Monday.

The renowned director, who is currently promoting his Palme d’Or-winning film about a man’s struggle with the UK benefits system “I, Daniel Blake,” said it was necessary to “democratize” the media corporation.

Despite making his latest film in partnership with the BBC, Loach implied that the network had lost its appetite for socially conscious TV drama.

“Even then, people overstated how much of it there was. Anyway, now the drama is produced by outside production companies and horribly micro-managed. The directors I know in television say it’s a nightmare….

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