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BBC White Paper on Media Legislation Reports

We have published the Government’s BBC White Paper on our Media Legislation Reports database, which covers the output of legislative bodies, broadcasters and media pressure groups.

The White Paper outlines the Government’s proposals for the renewal of the BBC’s Royal Charter, which ends this year. Among the key points are the following:

  • BBC employees and freelancers who earn more than £450,000 will be named
  • A new ‘unitary board’ will replace the external BBC Trust and internal BBC Executive
  • Programme making will be open to greater competition
  • The National Audit Office will be granted greater powers in monitoring how the BBC spends its money
  • The charter period will change from 10 to 11 years, to remove it from any political cycle
  • The BBC has been given a new mission statement: ‘To act in the public interest, serving all audiences with impartial, high-quality and distinctive media content and services that inform, educate and entertain.’

Our Chair of Trustees, Prof John Ellis, has summarised the proposals and given his own opinion, ‘BBC to Struggle On’over at CST Online.

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