UK Government launches independent review into BBC governance and regulation



| 17 September 2015

The UK Government's enduring scrutiny of the BBC is continuing with news that it is to open an independent review looking at how the broadcaster is governed and regulated.

The independent review will form part of the ongoing process to review the BBC's Royal Charter to make sure it remains a valued public broadcaster.

Over the course of its tenure since 2010, the UK Government has made it increasingly clear that good governance and regulation are vital to a successful BBC which has endured a succession of cuts to its funding. Indeed the government insists that such a review will help make sure that the right framework of accountability, incentives, checks and balances necessary are in place so that the BBC delivers for licence fee payers. That is, it takes account of its market impact, spends its money wisely and is held to account in doing so.

The review will be led by Sir David Clementi, former chairman of Virgin Money and Prudential, and previously a deputy governor of the Bank of England. Clementi has been asked to make proposals, taking account of the responses to the BBC Charter Review consultation, in relation to the model of governance and regulation of the BBC; the specific mechanisms of governance and regulation; and the way in which the BBC and the bodies that govern and regulate it engage with licence fee payers and industry.

"Television is of huge importance to the nation and the BBC lies at the heart of British television," commented Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale. "However no one could deny that the BBC has made some bad mistakes in the last few years. Savile, McAlpine, Ross-Brand, severance payments and excessive salaries have all contributed to a widespread view that the governance structure needs reform. The BBC is a world class broadcaster and requires effective governance and regulation. I look forward to conducting this review," Clementi added.