Friday, 4 March 2016

This week the Government published the results of its public consultation on the future of the BBC

This week the Government published the results of its public consultation on the future of the BBC, with over 190,000 detailed responses showing that the British public overwhelmingly support the BBC and its special place in UK broadcasting, as well as the importance of maintaining a universal, independent, high quality BBC in the next charter period. 

Over 80% of respondents believe the BBC is effectively serving audiences and around 75% support the licence fee as the best method of funding the BBC and believe the BBC is delivering value for money. Almost three quarters of the respondents believe the BBC’s services are truly distinctive and about two-thirds think it has a positive wider impact on the market. 

You can read BBC Trust Chairman Rona Fairhead’s speech to the Oxford Media Convention this week which further addresses distinctiveness here, and the BBC response to the report commissioned by Department for CMS on the market impact of the BBC’s TV, radio and online services here.

Graham Jones MP
Chair PLP DCMS Committee