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BBC to have a new governing board

The BBC is to be regulated externally for the first time in its 90-year history Credit: Reuters

Culture secretary John Whittingdale is setting out the government's White Paper plans for the BBC in Parliament, including appointing a new governing board.

Mr Whittingdale said the unitary board will:

  • Be a clearer separation of governance and regulations
  • Allow editorial decisions to remain the responsibility of the Director General
  • Have a majority of members who will be independent of the Government
  • Be regulated by Ofcom
  • Be headed by current BBC chair Rona Fairhead until the end of her term in 2018

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