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BBC Charter Review Public Consultation: Creative England Weighs In

This summer, the Government has been consulting on the future of the BBC and how it can best fulfil its public service remit throughout its next Royal Charter period. 

The Royal Charter forms the constitutional basis of the BBC and the current Charter is due to expire at the end of 2016. 

John Whittingdale MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said of the Charter Review process; 

“The BBC is at the very heart of Britain. It is one of this nation’s most treasured institutions - playing a role in almost all of our lives. Ten years ago, the last time the Government ran a Charter Review, the media landscape looked very different. The BBC has adapted to this changing landscape, and remains much-loved by audiences, a valuable engine of growth and an international benchmark for television, radio, online and journalism. 

“However we need to ask some hard questions during this Charter Review. Questions about what the BBC should be trying to achieve in an age where consumer choice is now far more extensive than it has been, what its scale and scope should be in the light of those aims, how far it affects others in television, radio and online, and what the right structures are for its governance and regulation”. 

Earlier this week, Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury appeared before the House of  Lords Communications Select Committee at Salford’s MediaCityUK. She used the opportunity to highlight the vital role the BBC plays in supporting creativity across England and discussed how it can continue to innovate, back new talent and stimulate the creative economy in the years ahead.

In our submission to the public consultation, Creative England has focused on two overriding themes:

  • The BBC’s potential to provide more effective support for regional talent and voices within England and;
  • The BBC’s potential to act as a media platform for the greatly extended range of voices and content made possible by digital technology.  

The public consultation closed on 8th October 2015 and the government is now analysing public feedback.  Click here to read the government’s BBC Charter Review Public Consultation document and click here to read Creative England’s response to the consultation.

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