Rona Fairhead

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 […]

New BBC chairman set to be named

The UK’s culture department is set to name a new chairman of public broadcaster the BBC. Former Bank of England and Virgin Money deputy governor David Clementi has been recommended for the post by an Department of Culture, Media and Sport panel, according to various reports. The hire will need approval from UK prime minister […]

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 […]

BBC eyes int’l SVOD expansion, keeps UKTV stake

BBC Worldwide will look at expanding new American SVOD service BBC Extra into new territories, and will not be forced to sell its £500 million (US$723 million) stake in UKTV, a government White Paper published has revealed this morning. The BBC’s commercial arm has been considering “the best way to monetise its content abroad”, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Government funding pledge for BBC World Service

The BBC Trust has welcomed plans by the government to fund an extension of the BBC’s World Service with additional spending outside of the licence fee. As part of its ‘National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015’, published yesterday, the government said it will invest “£85 million [US$128.4 million] each year by 2017/18 […]

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 […]