BBC Trust

Fairhead: BBC future shouldn’t be subject to ‘vested interest’

The future of the BBC needs to be driven by “evidence and fact, not by prejudice and not by vested interest,” according to the head of the BBC Trust Rona Fairhead. In an open letter on ‘Tomorrow’s BBC’, published by the Independent newspaper, Fairhead said that while the BBC needs to reform and evolve, there […]

BBC Three to go online only from March 2016

The BBC plans to turn youth network BBC Three into an online-only service from March 1, 2016 and increase the volume of BBC Three shows on BBC One and Two from the autumn. In a response to the June ruling in which the BBC’s governing body provisionally approved taking BBC Three online-only, the BBC Executive […]

Trust calls for greater protection for BBC

The BBC Trust has called for greater protection for the public broadcaster from politics, changes to the BBC Charter and legal guarantees that the BBC licence fee cannot be amended before consultation with the public. The Trust, which currently governs the activities of the BBC, was officially responding to the Green Paper issued last week. […]

BBC Trust hits out over licence fee deal

The head of the BBC Trust has hit out over the way the recent licence fee deal was hammered out between the UK government and BBC management, and called for safeguards to ensure the public has a voice in such fundamental decisions. The BBC Trust that was established to oversee the activities of the UK […]

Save BBC Three campaign gathers industry support

Actors, writers, producers, managers and agents have united to call on the UK pubcaster the BBC to save youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three. An open letter to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and BBC director general Tony Hall demands the decision to axe the channel as part of a cost-saving drive within the next year […]

BBC Trust appoints new director

The BBC Trust has appointed Alex Towers as its new director after Jon Zeff said he will be standing down after less than a year in the post. The BBC’s governing body confirmed the appointment of Towers, a former civil servant who has been at the Trust since May 2009, initially as head of finance, […]

New appointments to BBC Trust

The UK government has confirmed the appointment of the vice-chair and two trustees to the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust. BAE Systems chairman Sir Roger Carr is to be appointed as the vice-chair of the BBC Trust for the period from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2019. Former BBC Radio 4 controller and current master […]

Scripps said to be meeting BBC Trust head to discuss UKTV

Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) will meet directly with the chair of the BBC Trust in an effort to advance its efforts to take control of channels group UKTV, according to a report in the Guardian. US pay TV operator Scripps bought into UKTV in 2011, when it paid Virgin Media £339 million (€475 million) for […]

BBC Trust should be scrapped, says chairman

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has called for the body she heads, which is charged with regulatory oversight of the BBC, to be scrapped and replaced with an external regulator after the public broadcaster’s Charter renewal in 2016. Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Fairhead highlighted the “complicated area of governance is the oversight of […]

‘No long-term future’ in BBC licence fee, say MPs

There BBC’s licence fee model is becoming “harder and harder to justify, ” with a broadcasting levy on all households a preferred alternative, according to a major new report by a committee of MPs. The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which will launch the report in the House of Commons this afternoon, called for “major […]