Why Brazil failed to create its own BBC

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Founded in 1922, the BBC — British Broadcasting Company — has become synonymous with pioneering and high-quality journalism. To this day, it remains one of the most prestigious media corporations in the world, despite a recent wave of budget cuts. Inspired by the British example, Brazil’s EBC (literally the Brazilian Communications Company) was created in 2007, in an attempt to create a public television station not driven by commercial standards and focused on matters of the public interest. The EBC was also seen as a possible competitor to traditional media groups, which were seen as hostile by the...

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