A pledge to rip up the BBC charter and reverse Government plans
19 October, 2009
A pledge to rip up the BBC charter and reverse Government plans to share the BBC licence fee with other broadcasters has been made by Conservative culture spokesman Jeremy Hunt.
In an interview Hunt says that high corporation salaries show that BBC bosses are out of touch with the public mood during hard economic times.
He says he would axe the current BBC Trust, which acts as both cheerleader and regulator, and improve the conditions for commercial TV by deregulation rather than using taxpayers’ money.
Hunt said: “We will have a very fundamental root-and-branch discussion with the BBC about all its activities.
“We haven’t made a decision on the timing of changes in the governance structure, but we do think the structure … has failed.
“We are looking into whether it would be appropriate to rip up the charter in the middle of it, or whether one should wait.”
The Tories would axe proposals that would force the BBC to share £130 million of the licence fee with other broadcasters when the current royal charter expires at the end of 2016, he said.