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DTG: ‘BBC should champion innovation’

The DTG, the UK collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, has called for the BBC to champion innovation and open standards in digital and wireless communication technology.

The response by the DTG to the DCMS consultation into the BBC Charter Review is focused on the areas covered by the DTG’s remit to encourage collaborative innovation in digital media technology for the benefit of consumers and the UK economy.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG, said: “The BBC is a globally-respected organisation which has played a leading role in innovation and defining technology standards and best practice through open collaboration. The DTG believes that the BBC should continue to be able to do that, with the support of advice from the digital and wireless communication technology industry.”

In response to the consultation’s question about the role the BBC should have in influencing the future technological landscape, the DTG believes that the BBC should:

  • Fulfil the function of a UK champion for innovation in digital and wireless communication technologies.

  • Play a leading role within the UK and in global forums related to technology standards, best practice and the optimal use of spectrum.

  • Retain a critical mass of technical knowledge and excellence to support the optimal deployment of world class infrastructure and systems in the UK, supported by an external technical advisory board.

  • Continue to support open technology standards, technical interoperability management and the promotion of innovation through open collaboration with the industry.

On the question of reform to the current model of governance and regulation for the BBC, the DTG believes that an external technical advisory board should support the BBC to retain a critical mass of technical knowledge and excellence, and to encourage the optimal deployment of world class infrastructure and systems in the UK.

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