Make views known in BBC Char­ter Re­view

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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:// gov­ern­ment/up­loads/ sys­tem/up­loads/ at­tach­ment­data/ file/445704/BBC_ Char­ter_Re­view_ Con­sul­ta­tion_WEB.pdf.

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