Make views known in BBC Charter Review
WE ARE getting close to the October 8 deadline for members of the public to take part in the consultation about the BBC Charter Review.
The BBC is an organisation which threads through the fabric of daily life in this country and a great many others across the globe – when I worked abroad I was only too aware of the fact that BBC broadcasting was a trusted source of information.
Whether you start your day with the BBC news channel or the Today programme, catch the cricket on Radio 5 Live, or put up your feet up to watch others dancing their socks off on Strictly (as I do), you will be one of the millions of viewers and listeners sharing the output of the BBC.
Every 10 years the BBC’s Charter is reviewed. The last decade has seen a huge change with a proliferation of new channels and the spread of digital technology.
Ten years ago the thought of streaming a TV programme on to a mobile phone seemed like a plot line out of Doctor Who. Now the Doctor’s latest adventures can be watched in real time or summoned up through the Iplayer.
The consultation asks for your views on how the BBC should be structured and how it should be paid for, how it should be regulated and what its scale, scope and output should be.
The BBC can be a monolith. You are reading this in a local paper – newspapers like the Advertiser and Examiner have also faced big changes and more competition in the last decade. One of the BBC’s current public purposes is to ‘represent the UK, its nations, regions and communities’, so how should this be done?
Although a large number of constituents have already been in touch with me about the Review and all these issues, I hope that more people will be prompted to send in their answers to the questions which are set out in the consultation.
A copy of the review can be found at: https:// www.gov.uk/ government/uploads/ system/uploads/ attachmentdata/ file/445704/BBC_ Charter_Review_ Consultation_WEB.pdf.