Sir Michael Palin admits fears over the future of the BBC: ‘Times are changing’

Michael Palin receives knighthood at Buckingham Palace in 2019

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Sir Michael Palin, 77, revealed he’s “worried” about the future of the BBC as it attempts to keep up with changes in society. Claiming the corporation has “changed” a lot over the years, he believes it’s become too anxious about offending anyone.

I am worried about the BBC

Michael Palin

The actor and travel documentarian noted that the Beeb is usually “admired” globally, but things are evolving.

He told The Mirror: “I am worried about the BBC because I believe the BBC to be one of the most important institutions in the country.

“An institution, having travelled the world, it is usually admired wherever I go but I can see times are changing.”

He also admitted to Jeremy Paxman on his podcast The Lock In, that he believes the broadcaster is “its own worst enemy” in that sense.

The telly star has worked with the BBC for a number of years, having spent his career travelling across the globe.

But he explained that his heart scare will not stop him venturing further afield once again after lockdown ends.

He continued to tell Jeremy: “I have another trip in me!”

The Monty Python actor underwent heart surgery in 2019 after discovering a problem with his mitral valve.

Post-surgery, he discussed life after the operation and how working on his latest venture sparked some concerns.

He revealed: “I had heart surgery last September and was told to have rest and recuperation – then lockdown came along.

“I accepted it rather happily, it’s been like a huge doctor’s note.

“Anyway, coming home has always been the best part of the process.

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“We live near Hampstead Heath in London and near friends.”

Michael was recently seen on screens for his series Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime, which looked back at over 30 years of his TV travels.

Following the success of the show, he returned again for a bonus 90-minute Christmas special Himalaya: Journey of a Lifetime, and he admitted that BBC producers were afraid to potentially put him at risk after his life-saving operation.

“I suppose it was right to take care,” he admitted.

“The interviews and the commentary were done under strict BBC regulations.

“I wasn’t allowed to touch anything they had touched!”

He added: “The microphone transmitter was sent first and I would put it on myself.

“My temperature was solemnly written down at the beginning and end of every session,” he added to Radio Times Magazine.

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