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‘Digital-first’ BBC plan

The BBC has set out the blueprint to build a digital-first public service media organisation, which includes plans to stop broadcasting smaller linear channels, such as CBBC and BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra, within the next few years. In a speech to Corporation staff, Director-General Tim Davie said the BBC must reform to stay […]

May 26, 2022

BBC to support “levelling up” across the UK

The BBC has set out a plan that it says will ensure “its social, cultural and economic benefits are felt in every community across the UK”. The broadcaster has been working with The Purpose Coalition chaired by Justine Greening and, in a new report, the BBC sets out how it will reach all corners of […]

April 26, 2022

BBC: “Annual Plan delivers greater value”

The BBC says its new Annual Plan reveals creative highlights for the year ahead, and explains how the broadcaster will continue reforming to deliver maximum value to all audiences. The plan is published at a time when record numbers globally are tuning into the BBC for impartial news coverage of the war in Ukraine. During […]

March 30, 2022

BBC unveils new-look Commercial Board

The BBC has announced a series of appointments to the Board overseeing BBC Studios as part of its continuing plan to build its commercial business, one of the BBC’s four strategic priorities under Director-General Tim Davie. A re-named BBC Commercial Board (formerly BBC Commercial Holdings Board) will, for the first time, feature a majority of […]

March 30, 2022

BBC receives extra funding for Russia, Ukraine news

The BBC has received £4.1 million (€4.9m) emergency government funding to support independent and impartial journalism in Russia and Ukraine. BBC Director-General, Tim Davie, commented: “I am hugely proud of our coverage and the bravery and resilience of our colleagues reporting this difficult and complex story, day in, day out. This additional funding from the […]

March 24, 2022

Millions of Russians turn to BBC News

Figures from the BBC show that people in Russia are turning to BBC News in their millions for information about the war in Ukraine. The audience for the BBC’s Russian language news website more than tripled its year-to-date weekly average, with a record reach of 10.7 million people in the last week (compared to 3.1 […]

March 3, 2022

Research: BBC most chosen source for impartial news

Research has found 87 per cent of adults say impartial news is more important to them personally than coverage that reflects their own points of view. The number increases to 91 per cent when people consider the importance of impartial news to wider society. The research was conducted by Yonder Consulting, on behalf of the BBC. […]

February 24, 2022

BBC DG warns of service cuts

BBC director general Tim Davie has warned that the freeze to the TV licence fee announced by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries will affect the Corporation’s frontline output, and in terms of what services might be cut, said “everything’s on the agenda”. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Davie suggested the funding gap brought about […]

January 18, 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

RIP Jana Bennett

Jana Bennett, the British and US senior TV executive who ran BBC TV, BBC Worldwide and Discovery, has died aged 66. Bennett had talked about her rare condition, glioblastoma multiforme, in an interview with London’s Evening Standard in 2019. BBC Director General, Tim Davie, commented: “Jana Bennett was one of the most talented television producers […]

January 13, 2022