Update: Letter to Secretary of State John Whittingdale with concerns about the BBC's future independence.
The VLV has read with interest the Review, by Sir David Clementi, into the Governance and Regulation of the BBC, published on 1 March 2016.
“The VLV supported the establishment of a unitary board for the BBC and that a number of regulatory powers should be transferred to Ofcom”, said the VLV Chairman Colin Browne. “However, we argued that there should also be a separate body, focusing on the interests of licence payers. We question whether the non-executive directors of the BBC would in practice have the resources and independence to discharge this responsibility and we are concerned that some of what the Report acknowledges as the Trust’s valuable work in this respect will be lost.
“We are also concerned that effectively leaving the appointment of the Chair of the BBC to the Government alone has serious implications for both the perception and reality of the BBC’s independence.”
Further information from Colin Browne colinbrowne.com
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Notes to Editors
- The Voice of the Listener & Viewer’s 33rd Spring Conference - Public Service Broadcasting on a Precipice? - takes place on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at the Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG from 10.15 am to 3.30 pm.
- Journalists are welcome to attend the conference. For a media pass, please contact Sue Washbrook on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01474 338716
- Conference bookings - to book online for the conference please go to the VLV website or email Sue Washbrook or call her on 01474 338716
- VLV has written responses to the many consultations about the future of the BBC. Submissions can be read here
- The Voice of the Listener & Viewer welcomes new members. Details on how to join can be found on the VLV website
- The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) is an independent, non-profit-making membership association, free from political, commercial and sectarian affiliations, working for quality and diversity in British broadcasting content. VLV represents the interests of listeners and viewers as citizens and consumers across the full range of broadcasting issues. VLV is concerned with the structures, regulation, funding and institutions that underpin the British broadcasting system. VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
- For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups.
- VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne. Dame Colette Bowe is its President.