Alistair Somerville is the publications editor at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) at Georgetown University and editor of ISD’s blog on diplomacy and global issues, The Diplomatic Pouch. He also produces the Institute’s podcast, Diplomatic Immunity and writes on a range of issues, including British foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and public diplomacy. Alistair is also a Rising Professional Member of the Public Diplomacy Council.

43 Pence Per Day: The Cost Of British Soft Power?

Note: This article was originally released on the USC Center on Public Diplomacy Blog: https://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/blog/43-pence-day-cost-british-soft-power. News broke January 15, 2022 that the UK government is set to freeze the BBC license fee. UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has proposed what amounts to a £285 million yearly reduction in the national broadcaster’s budget. This decision will likely cause significant harm…