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BBC taken to task over Digital Media Initiative

The BBC was too optimistic about its ability to implement its ill-fated Digital Media Initiative (DMI), the failure of which led to a storm of public criticism of the corporation and the departure of chief technology officer John Linwood, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report published by the BBC Trust yesterday.  The abandonment […]

BBC Trust appoints former Lloyds CEO 

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has appointed Nicholas Prettejohn, the former CEO of UK bank Lloyds. Announcing the hire last week, UK culture secretary Maria Miller said that Prettejohn’s “strong financial background will prove invaluable to the Trust.” Prettejohn was formerly managing director of Lloyds’ business development unit, and between 1999 and 2005 […]

BBC announces major management shake-up, appoints former Sony CEO

The BBC’s governing body the BBC Trust said the corporation is due to undergo a major management shakeup, at the same time as it appointed former Sony chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer to its executive board. Announcing the conclusions of a governance review, the BBC said that there would be a series of changes […]

BBC to examine YouView participation

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has launched a review into the BBC’s involvement in broadband TV service YouView. The review will focus on topics such as whether the BBC’s involvement in the scheme has impacted on other public service broadcasters’ approaches to making their content available to other platforms, and the way in […]

BBC reflects on year of “incredible highs” and “desperate lows”

The BBC will learn the lessons from a years of “incredible highs” and “desperate lows”, according to chairman Lord Patten. The BBC’s annual report, published yesterday, showed how far the BBC has met the objectives set out in its Delivery Quality First document an has highlighted its successes of the past year – including its […]

BBC Trust chairman to step down in 2015

The chairman of the BBC’s governing body, Lord Patten, has said that he will step down after his four-year term in charge ends in 2015.  Speaking at the unveiling of BBC Worldwide’s annual report yesterday, the BBC Trust chairman said “I have no present intention of seeking a second term,” though said he may consider […]

BBC under fire over severance payments

Spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the BBC paid senior managers more than they were entitled to in severance pay, costing license fee payers “at least £1 million” (€1.17 million). The report, which was presented to the finance committee of the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, criticised the public broadcaster […]

BBC to make web upgrades, merge Online and Red Button

The BBC Trust has recommended that the BBC make a number of improvements to its website and has also called on the corporation to merge its online and Red Button operations.  In a review of BBC Online and BBC Red Button, published today, the BBC’s governing body said that the BBC should look to improve […]

BBC Trust to carry out wide-ranging reviews

The BBC Trust, the UK public broadcaster’s governing body, is to carry out reviews of BBC News and BBC One, Two, Three and Four in 2013, in what it says will be two of the largest scale assessments of BBC services it has conducted so far. The reviews are being conducted as part of the […]

BBC agrees S4C funding deal

The BBC Trust, the corporation’s governing body, has agreed a funding deal for Welsh-language channel S4C until 2017. The Trust said the arrangement will protect the editorial and managerial independence of S4C, whilst safeguarding appropriate accountability to the Trust for licence fee funding spent by the service. The deal follows negotiations between S4C, the BBC […]

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