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Episode 10: Cultural influence

Episode 10: Cultural influence

Is the government filling the UK’s cultural institutions with people it believes will do its bidding? And, even if it is, is this anything new?

This week on Behind the News, the podcast that takes you inside our newsroom, we recruit Ed Vaizey, the long-serving culture minister and now Baron Vaizey of Didcot, to help us understand the government’s relationship with the creative and cultural sector.

Are the arts and their institutions the next battleground in the culture war some believe the government to be waging? Or are these bodies simply beyond politicians’ control?