BBC Trust

Petition to save BBC Three delivered to Trust

A petition signed by more than 270,000 people, opposing plans to take youth-skewing network BBC Three online only, has been delivered to the BBC Trust.  Campaigners delivered the petition in person yesterday to the BBC’s governing body on the final day of the public consultation into the plans to move the linear channel online. A […]

BBC Trust to review transfer pricing, sets out commercial framework

The BBC Trust, the UK public broadcaster’s governing body, has published a new framework for commercial services and will commission an independent review of transfer pricing. The Trust will introduce new arrangements in April that will see it bring its oversight of commercial services, including BBC Worldwide, into line with the regime for licence-fee funded […]

BBC Trust chief calls for ‘public debate’ over future of the BBC

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has called for a “proper public debate” over the future, size and shape of the BBC as part of the corporation’s next charter review. In a speech to the Royal Television Society, Fairhead said that the Trust should be at the heart of the charter review debate and should not […]

BBC approves Radio 1 iPlayer channel

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has approved BBC plans to launch a video channel for Radio 1 on its iPlayer catch-up and on-demand service. Due to launch next week, the new Radio 1 section will broadcast on-demand interviews, recordings of live sessions and other content, which will all be available within the BBC’s […]

BBC Trust approves AMC Networks deal

The BBC Trust has approved the partnership between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks that will see the latter take a 49.9% stake in BBC America. The Trust said it was satisfied that the proposed partnership fitted the four criteria that govern the BBC’s commercial activity: that it fits with the BBC’s public purposes, exhibits commercial […]

New BBC Trust chairman takes up post

Rona Fairhead has started her new role as chairman of the BBC Trust today.  Fairhead was appointed at a meeting of the Privy Council yesterday. Fairhead was chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group from 2006-13, having previously been group finance director of its parent company, Pearson. Prior to joining Pearson, she held a […]

BBC Trust imposes new current affairs obligations

The BBC Trust, the public broadcaster’s governing body, has introduced what it describes as new protections for the amount of current affairs programming on BBC One, the broadcaster’s flagship channel.  A change to the BBC One service licence now requires the BBC to broadcast at least 40 hours of current affairs programming in peak time […]

Ex-Financial Times chief to oversee the BBC

The UK government has selected Rona Fairhead as its preferred candidate for the vacant role of chairman of the BBC Trust, the body that oversees the activities of the UK public broadcaster. Fairhead is a former chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group, and former non-executive director of the Economist Group. She is a […]

Coe rules himself out of the running for BBC Trust role

Conservative peer, Sebastian Coe, has reportedly dropped out of the running to become chairman of the BBC Trust, despite being strongly tipped to take the job. Coe, who was said to be the government’s preferred candidate for the role, has pulled his candidacy before the interview stage so he can bid to become president of […]

BBC should take more risks, appeal more to minority viewers, says Trust

The BBC’s TV channel output should be more distinctive, collaborative and should appeal more to young, black, Asian and minority ethnic viewers, according to a BBC Trust review.  The BBC’s governing body, which yesterday published the conclusions of its review of BBC One, Two, Three and Four, said that it believed the BBC could continue […]