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BBC marks centenary

On marking 100 years since the BBC was founded, BBC Chairman Richard Sharp says: “The BBC is 100 today – it’s a time to celebrate, but also to embrace the future. I believe its best days are ahead. We have always innovated, changed and adapted. Our path has always been guided by the needs of […]

October 18, 2022

BBC DG: ‘Not strapped to one funding mechanic’

Tim Davie, the BBC’s Director-General, has acknowledged that the Licence Fee is the ‘least bad’ option for funding the Corporation, an observation made by current BBC Chairman Richard Sharp before taking up his post and repeated by former Broadcast Minister John Whittingdale earlier in 2022. “If you believe in universal broadcasting, the pressure is on […]

September 27, 2022Colin Mann @ RTS London Convention 2022

MPs to question BBC chiefs

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons is to question senior BBC figures on the licence fee, impartiality, and earnings. The Committee will quiz Tim Davie CBE, Director General, BBC, Richard Sharp, Chair, and Leigh Tavaziva, Chief Operating Officer, BBC on how the broadcaster plans to remain relevant and […]

September 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Dorries confirms licence fee freeze

Following suggestions that such an announcement was imminent, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has confirmed the TV licence fee will remain at £159 (€190) until 2024 and then rise in line with inflation for the following four years. The plans for the new licence fee settlement cover a period of six years and will take effect […]

January 18, 2022By Colin Mann

MPs to question BBC senior leaders 

The UK’s House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to question the BBC’s senior leaders in its regular scrutiny of the work of the corporation. Director-General Tim Davie, Chair Richard Sharp and Chief Operating Officer Leigh Tavaziva are expected to consider the Director-General’s progress on his initial priorities a year into the […]

September 20, 2021By Colin Mann

BBC apologises for Diana interview

The BBC has published the Rt Hon Lord Dyson’s independent investigation into the circumstances around the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, with Director-General Tim Davie offering a “full and unconditional apology” for the process for securing the interview. The BBC Board appointed Lord Dyson to lead the investigation on November 18th 2020. […]

May 20, 2021

MPs approve BBC Chair appointment

MPs on the UK House of Commons, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have confirmed the appointment of Richard Sharp as the new Chair of the BBC Board following his appearance before the Committee. In a Report, Committee members say they were impressed by Sharp’s understanding of the business, the need to deliver on public […]

January 18, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs to question BBC Chair-designate

Richard Sharp will appear before the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny following the Government’s announcement that he is the preferred candidate for the post. MPs are expected to focus questions on the role of the BBC and the future of public service broadcasting more generally. The […]

January 8, 2021By Colin Mann

Sharp next BBC chairman

Former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp is set to be named the BBC’s next chairman, according to the corporation’s media editor Amol Rajan. Sharp spent 23 years working for the banking giant and was Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s boss. He has recently been acting as an unpaid economic adviser to Sunak during the coronavirus pandemic. His […]

January 6, 2021