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'No decisions yet' over BBC charter until process begins

No decisions have been made over a potential Charter Review of the BBC, a spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has said, after the new Culture Secretary said the organisation faces a review of "everything".

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said all aspects of how the BBC will be reviewed when its charter comes up for renewal. Credit: PA

Sajid Javid said plans for the process of renewing the charter, which expires in December 2016, were being worked on.

A spokesman said: "No decisions have been made as to the content of the Charter Review. All aspects of the BBC could be within scope but no decisions will be made until the Charter Review process begins".


Culture Sec warns BBC faces review of 'everything'

New Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said the BBC faces a review of "everything" when its charter comes up for renewal, including all aspects of how the corporation is run and funded.

Mr Javid said plans for the process of renewing the charter, which expires in December 2016, were being worked on.

Sajid Javid also dismissed calls for Labour to be involved in the process of appointing a new BBC chairman. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

He told Total Politics: "We will announce plans in due course. That will be a time to look at all aspects of the BBC: governance arrangements, licence fees and so forth. That's where we plan to look at everything."

Senior Tories, including the chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee John Whittingdale, are understood to be keen to see the licence fee axed.

But BBC executives insist a subscription system could end up costing viewers more money than the current £145.50 annual charge.

Javid: Immigrants should 'respect our way of life'

The first Asian Secretary of State, Sajid Javid has said that immigrants must come to the UK to work and "respect our way of life".

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, he said:

"People also say, when immigrants do come to Britain, that they should come to work, and make a contribution and that they should also respect our way of life, and I agree with all of that. It means things like trying to learn English."

The Culture Secretary's intervention comes at a time when Conservatives are under intense pressure from the UK Independence Party over the issue of immigration ahead of Thursday's European elections.

Nicky Morgan 'will report to the PM on women's issues'

A Downing St spokesman has clarified that the new Financial Secretary, Nicky Morgan, will report directly to David Cameron on women's issues, rather than to the new Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid.

The role of minister for women and equalities has been split, with Ms Morgan taking on the women's brief and Mr Javid handling equalities.

She will report directly to the Prime Minister on women's issues. She will have an office as Minister for Women, supported by DCMS staff. But with regard to her responsibilities for women, she will report to the Prime Minister.

Sajid Javid will have the ministerial lead on equalities issues and Nicky Morgan will have the lead on women's issues.

– Prime Minister's spokesman

Sajid Javid arrives at DCMS for new Cabinet role

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has tweeted a picture of the new secretary of state, Sajid Javid, along with the department's Permanent Secretary, Sue Owen.

Mr Javid, who was previously Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will also become Equalities minister.