Diane Coyle

BBC ‘plays it too safe’, says acting Trust chair

The BBC’s flagship channel, BBC One, can “sometimes feel too predictable” and “plays it too safe in parts of its peak-time schedule,” according to the acting chairman of the BBC Trust. Delivering a lecture called ‘A 21st Century BBC’ at the London School of Economics last night, Diane Coyle admitted that the BBC faced some big […]

BBC Trust approves 30-day iPlayer catch-up window

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has approved plans by the corporation to extend the catch-up window for its iPlayer video-on-demand service from seven to 30 days. Announcing the move, the Trust said that it expects the BBC to implement the changes from this summer, with the decision following a formal assessment and advice […]

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”. […]

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 […]

Trust criticises Worldwide over £79 million loss on Lonely Planet sale

The BBC Trust has asked senior management at the BBC to order a review into lessons learnt from the loss-making sale of Lonely Planet, which was announced this morning. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, said it will sell travel guides business Lonely Planet to NC2 Media for an initial consideration of £41.2 […]