BBC Trust

BBC opposed to Worldwide sell-off

The BBC Trust has defended its right to remain a “universal public service broadcaster” and opposed the potential sale of its commercial arm BBC Worldwide or future ‘top-slicing’of the licence fee. In its formal response to the UK Government’s Green Paper consultation on the BBC’s Charter Review, the BBC’s governing body claimed that, at 92%, […]

BBC Three goes online-only in March 2016

The BBC plans to turn youth network BBC Three into an online-only service from March 1, 2016 and increase the volume of BBC Threeshows on BBC One and Two from the autumn. In a response to the June ruling in which the BBC’s governing body provisionally approved taking BBC Three online-only, the BBC Executive said […]

Trust calls for greater protection for BBC

The BBC Trust has called for greater protection for the public broadcaster from politics, changes to the BBC Charter and legal guarantees that the BBC licence fee cannot be amended before consultation with the public. The Trust, which currently governs the activities of the BBC, was officially responding to the Green Paper issued last week. […]

Industry reacts to BBC review

Industry groups, analysts, media specialists and advocacy groups have been quick to react to yesterday’s UK government Green Paper, which outlined options for the future of the BBC. The government and senior BBC managers have just thrashed out a deal for the licence fee, agreeing to peg it to inflation. The Green Paper, however, suggested […]

BBC Trust hits out over licence fee deal

The head of the BBC Trust has hit out over the way the recent licence fee deal was hammered out between the UK government and BBC management, and called for safeguards to ensure the public has a voice in such fundamental decisions. The BBC Trust that was established to oversee the activities of the UK […]

BBC weighs original family films in BBC3 hours

The BBC is considering making original family films to fill extra hours that could be given to CBBC when BBC Three moves online. The BBC Trust, which governs the activities of the UK pubcaster, last week provisionally approved BBC Three’s move from linear to online. It also approved a plan to extend CBBC’s by two […]

Confirmed: BBC to foot licence fee bill for over-75s

The UK government has ordered public broadcaster the BBC will foot a £600 million (US$929.4 million ) bill for free TV licences for over-75s. This is to be phased in from 2018/19, with the Corporation taking on the full cost from 2020/21. Estimates of the cost range from between £600 million and more than £650 […]

Pact: indies will suffer from BBC Three move

Pact has slammed the BBC Trust’s provisional decision approving the move of the BBC Three channel from linear to online. The UK indie producers’ trade association said the move would have a detrimental impact upon its members and give the BBC greater use of indie programming without additional payments to its members. “It appears the […]

Trust agrees to BBC Three closure

Youth channel BBC Three will go online only after the body that oversees the UK public broadcaster provisionally agreed with the proposal. The BBC Trust has agreed BBC Three should go online-only as part of measures to save £30 million (US$47.2 million) a year, but has attached certain conditions, which must be met before a […]

BBC Trust: BBC quota system ‘not sustainable’

The BBC’s governing body has ruled that the UK pubcaster’s current production quota system is “not sustainable in the long term”. Following a review of current supply arrangements the BBC Trust found the Window of Creative Competition will not be fit for purpose in the future with its current structure. The WoCC currently guarantees 50% […]