Government sets out plans for BBC's future

An overhaul of how the BBC is run has been announced by the government, as it announced the licence fee will continue for at least the next 11 years.

The proposals include:

• A new requirement for the corporation to provide "distinctive content"

• A new unitary board for the corporation, with a majority of members independent of the Government, with Ofcom regulating the broadcaster

• People watching BBC programmes using the iPlayer will be required to obtain a TV licence, closing a loophole estimated to cost £150 million a year

• Publishing the salaries of stars earning over £450,000.

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Government unveils blueprint for the future of BBC

The blueprint for the future of the BBC was unveiled today by the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

Mr Whittingdale said the license fee will be secured for the next 11 years and there will be no interference with popular shows.

But the way the corporation is governed will be changed, people who watch the iPlayer will have to buy a TV license and the salaries of top performers will be made public for the first time.

ITV News' National Editor Allegra Stratton looks at the proposals in detail:


BBC licence fee to rise 'in line with inflation'

Culture secretary John Whittingdale

The licence fee remains "the most appropriate funding model" for the BBC, and will increase in line with inflation until 2021/22, when there will be a new settlement, Culture secretary John Whittingdale has announced.

Viewers watching BBC programmes on demand online will be required to obtain a TV licence.

It is "likely to become less sustainable" in the longer term, he said.

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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