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Clementi confirmed as BBC chairman

David Clementi has been confirmed as the next chairman of British public broadcaster the BBC. The UK government has confirmed the former deputy governor of the Bank of England as its preferred candidate a day after news of his imminent appointment broke locally. He will in effect replace Rona Fairhead, who is chairman of the […]

BBC commits to S4C funding

UK pubcaster the BBC has agreed to fix its level of funding of Welsh counterpart S4C until 2022. A letter sent this week by BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead to S4C Authority chairman Huw Jones confirms the BBC will provide S4C with £74.5 million (US$99.5 million) each year until the current licence fee agreement ends. […]

MPs call on BBC to publish top stars’ salaries

The BBC should publish salary details of any employee that is paid more than the UK Prime Minister as part of an “era of openness”, according to a committee of MPs. The Culture, Media and Sport Committee called for the move as one of three further recommendations for the UK’s pubcaster as part its new charter […]

Clementi report: watchdog ‘should regulate BBC’

The current system of governance of the BBC is “flawed” and the public broadcaster should be regulated directly by British media watchdog Ofcom, according to an independent review commissioned by the UK government. The report, which is part of the Government’s review of the BBC’s Royal Charter, recommends, in addition, that the BBC should should […]

Gov’t committee: BBC Trust ‘should be abolished’

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has “lost confidence and credibility and should be abolished”, according to a British government committee report on the BBC Charter review. Published today, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee report claims that while the BBC is an “extraordinary national and global institution”, it needs a “radical overhaul of […]

BBC Trust: write funding process into Charter

The BBC’s governing body has called for a “proper process” for setting the BBC’s funding to be included for the first time in the new BBC Charter. The BBC Trust said that to protect the UK pubcaster’s independence the public should have “a formal say” in setting the BBC’s funding in the future, and that […]

BBC Trust reports consultation findings

The BBC’s plans for its future are “mostly welcomed” by the public, though questions remain about the funding, accessibility and impact new services, according to the BBC Trust. Reporting the findings of a public consultation on the BBC’s proposals for an “open BBC for the internet age”, the BBC’s governing body said that the majority […]

Commercial b’casters call for BBC reforms

The Commercial Broadcasters Association has called for new rules to force the BBC to make a better case for any new services that it plans to launch. COBA is the industry group for the UK’s commercial broadcasters. It argued that the onus should be on UK pubcaster the BBC to “convincingly and demonstrably” prove new […]

BBC Three closure approved

The BBC Trust has approved plans to close down BBC Three as a broadcast channel and move it online, with closure to be phased in over the first two months of next year, and has set out a number of conditions to ensure that younger UK audiences continue to be well-served. There will be a […]

BBC Trust chair defends pubcaster role

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has mounted a strong case aimed at promoting the BBC’s importance to the British creative industry. Speaking to the Institute of Directors yesterday, Fairhead (pictured) said European countries such as Portugal and Italy that have “weaker” public service broadcasters than the UK also had weaker creative economies. “That’s why the […]

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