Rona Fairhead

Clementi confirmed as BBC chairman

David Clementi has been confirmed as the next chairman of British public broadcaster the BBC. The UK government has confirmed the former deputy governor of the Bank of England as its preferred candidate a day after news of his imminent appointment broke locally. He will in effect replace Rona Fairhead, who is chairman of the […]

BBC set to name new chairman

UK public broadcaster the BBC is nearing the appointment of a new chairman. Former Bank of England and Virgin Money deputy governor David Clementi has been recommended for the post by an Department of Culture, Media and Sport panel, according to various reports. The hire will need approval from UK prime minister Theresa May. She […]

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead to step down

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead will step down when a unitary board replaces the BBC Trust, after being informed by the government that she would have to re-apply for her job. In a statement, Fairhead said that she had been “strongly encouraged” by new UK prime minister Theresa May to take part in a new […]

MPs call on BBC to publish top stars’ salaries in ‘era of openness’

The BBC should publish salary details of any employee that is paid more than the UK Prime Minister as part of an “era of openness”, according to a committee of MPs. The Culture, Media and Sport Committee called for the move as one of three further recommendations for the BBC as part its new charter deal […]

BBC Trust reports public consultation findings

The BBC’s plans for its future are “mostly welcomed” by the public, though questions remain about the funding, accessibility and impact new services, according to the BBC Trust. Reporting the findings of a public consultation on the BBC’s proposals for an “open BBC for the internet age”, the BBC’s governing body said that the majority […]

Government pledges funds for BBC World Service expansion

The BBC Trust has welcomed plans by the government to fund an extension of the BBC’s World Service with additional spending. As part of its ‘National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015’, published yesterday, the government said it will invest “£85 million each year by 2017/18 in the BBC’s digital, TV and […]

BBC defends right to remain a ‘universal public broadcaster’

The BBC Trust has defended its right to remain a “universal public service broadcaster” and opposed the potential sale of its commercial arm BBC Worldwide or future ‘top-slicing’ of the licence fee. In its formal response to the UK Government’s Green Paper consultation on the BBC’s Charter Review, the BBC’s governing body claimed that, at […]

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 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 […]