BBC Trust launches 2nd review of Red Button and online

October 25, 2012 10.18 Europe/London By Julian Clover

A new review of BBC Online and Red Button services will look at how they are adapting to changes in technology, media and audience behavior.

Announcing the review, the BBC Trust said the public consultation would take views both from members of the public and relevant organisations and stakeholders.

BBC Trustee Suzanna Taverne, who is leading the review, said: “The BBC’s digital offer is constantly evolving – last time we examined BBC Online, the now firmly-established iPlayer did not even exist – so it is particularly important to review these services regularly… We know that what Digital achieved at the Olympic Games was just the beginning, and the BBC’s online and red button services will become even more important in future”.

The last review found both services to be popular with the public. However, cost savings required under the Delivering Quality First programme meant that some Red Button services have been reduced and earlier this month there was a reduction in satellite streams.

BBC Online was last reviewed in 2008 and Red Button in 2010. The review is the first in the Trust’s second five-year cycle of reviews, during which time it will examine how well all BBC services are meeting the terms of their service licences.

The public consultation will run until January 23, 2013.