BBC Trust

BBC confirms BBC Three 2015 closure plan

UK public broadcaster the BBC has confirmed that it is putting plans in motion to close youth-skewing digital channel BBC Three in autumn 2015. BBC management has notified the BBC Trust, the body that governs the pubcaster, of the proposed change. The Trust would need to approve the scrapping of BBC Three, which has been […]

BBC Trust approves online store plan

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has approved plans by the corporation to launch an online store for viewers to buy and keep BBC programmes. BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, will establish and run BBC Store, which will sell new shows and a selection of archive content on a download-to-own basis. The Trust […]

BBC Trust appoints former Lloyds CEO

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has appointed Nicholas Prettejohn, the former CEO of UK bank Lloyds. Announcing the appointment, UK culture secretary Maria Miller said that Prettejohn’s “strong financial background will prove invaluable to the Trust.” Prettejohn was formerly managing director of Lloyds’ business development unit, and between 1999 and 2005 was CEO. […]

BBC restructures, appoints Howard Stringer to board

The BBC has appointed former Sony chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer to its executive board, at the same time that governing body the BBC Trust said the corporation is due to undergo a major management shakeup. Announcing the conclusions of a governance review, the BBC said that there would be a series of changes […]

BBC Trust slams Worldwide over Lonely Planet deal

The BBC Trust, the group that oversees UK public broadcaster the BBC, has issued a damning report on the Corporation’s ill-fated acquisition of the Lonely Planet travel guide. In reviewing the deal the Trust said that the financial forecasts used were “too aggressive” and “highly optimistic” and that Worldwide got “carried away with deal momentum”. […]

Trust says BBC Children’s must reach out to older kids

The BBC’s kids channels CBBC and Cbeebies are performing well, but the public broadcaster needs to commission more content for older children and to address changing media consumption habits, according to a review by the BBC Trust. The BBC’s services for children were reviewed by the Trust as part of its rolling programme examining each […]

BBC to examine YouView participation

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has launched a review into the BBC’s involvement in broadband TV service YouView. The review will focus on topics such as whether the BBC’s involvement in the scheme has impacted on other public service broadcasters’ approaches to making their content available to other platforms, and the way in […]

BBC ‘must learn lessons but is world’s greatest broadcaster’

The BBC pledged today to learn the lessons from what BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten described as a year of “incredible highs” and some “desperate lows”. The Trust governs the activities of the UK public broadcaster and he defended the Corporation after a rocky year saying that, at its best, it remains the “world’s greatest […]

BBC under fire over severance payments

UK spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has found the BBC paid senior managers more than they were entitled to in severance pay, costing license fee payers “at least £1 million (US$1.5 million)”. The report, which was presented to the finance committee of the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, criticised the public broadcaster […]

BBC’s relocation cost under £233 million budget

UK public broadcast the BBC’s efforts to relocate staff and services from London to Salford will come in under the approved £233 million (US$356 million) budget, according to an official report. The long term cost of the move will be over £900 million, according to the UK National Audit Office. The NAO said it is […]