BBC Charter: Government response to Lords committee

DCMS response (13 pages, PDF) to the November 2005 report by a select committee of the House of Lords on the BBC Charter Review.

The Government rejects the suggestions of an Act of Parliament governing the BBC, and of a more unitary governance structure with regulation transferred to a strengthened Ofcom Content Board. Instead of the paper affirms a definite intention to establish a "BBC Trust" separate from the BBC's board, and proposes no change to the scope of Ofcom's powers over the BBC. The Government also confirms its intention to fund digital switch-over through the BBC licence fee.

On the "public value test", market impact assessment, cross-promotion, the fair trading commitment and independent production quotas, the Government merely notes the views of the Lords' committee and promises to announce its conclusions in the forthcoming White Paper.

Filed under BBC, DCMS, Media, Ofcom.

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