Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

C P Scott said, ‘Comment is free, but facts are sacred’, and John Reith wanted the BBC to inform, educate and entertain. In being portmanteaus, the concepts of advertorial, infotainment, edutainment, etc. (‘orig. and chiefly U.S.’), demonstrate that when the distinctions are transgressed – in practice when comment encroaches on facts and entertainment on information and education – something of value is lost.