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Future of the BBC

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The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is holding an inquiry into Future of the BBC, ahead of its current Royal Charter ending in December 2016.

The Committee is currently taking oral evidence in this inquiry and expects to complete these sessions by September. The transcripts of those sessions that have already taken place are below. The final evidence sessions will be with the BBC, the BBC Trust and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The Committee is then expected to produce a report of its findings, which would be published in the autumn. Further details on the witnesses who are still to give evidence and on the timing of the report will appear on this webpage in due course.

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  • 15 Jul 2014 - Future of the BBC - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF384 KB) Published 18 Jul 2014

    Evidence given by Dame Tessa Jowell; Lord Hall of Birkenhead, Director-General, BBC, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Senior Non-Executive Director, BBC, Danny Cohen, Director of Television, BBC, James Purnell, Director of Strategy and Digital, BBC.

  • 02 Jul 2014 - Future of the BBC - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF254 KB) Published 04 Jul 2014

    Evidence given by Ed Richards, Chief Executive, Ofcom; Sir Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, National Audit Office.

  • 24 Jun 2014 - Future of the BBC - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF340 KB) Published 27 Jun 2014

    Evidence given by Lenny Henry, Actor, Writer and Comedian, Marcus Ryder, Head of Current Affairs, BBC Scotland, Patrick Younge, Founder and Director, WeCreate Associates Ltd, John Archer, Owner, Hopscotch Films, Ian Jones, Chief Executive, S4C, Richard Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Ireland Screen, Gerry Morrissey, General Secretary, BECTU, Christine Payne, General Secretary, Equity, Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary, NUJ, and President, Federation of Entertainment Unions, John F. Smith, General Secretary, Musicians' Union

  • 17 Jun 2014 - Future of the BBC - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF325 KB) Published 23 Jun 2014

    Evidence given by Adam Minns, Executive Director, COBA, David Wheeldon, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BSkyB, Cat Lewis, CEO & Executive Producer, Nine Lives Media, Greg Childs, Director, Children's Media Foundation, John McVay, Chief Executive, PACT, Phil Critchlow, Chair, Radio Independents Group.

  • 08 Apr 2014 - Future of the BBC - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF354 KB) Published 29 Apr 2014

    Evidence given by Lord Burns GCB, former independent adviser to the Secretary of State on the BBC 2006 Charter review, Philip Graf CBE, former Deputy Chairman, Ofcom (between 2006-11), and Richard Hooper CBE, founding Deputy Chairman, Ofcom (between 2002-05); Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Channel 4, and Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV (at 11.30am).

  • 01 Apr 2014 - Future of the BBC - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF380 KB) Published 28 Apr 2014

    Evidence given by Professor Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications, University of Westminster, Professor Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing, London Business School, Professor Charlie Beckett, Department for Media and Communications, LSE, and Lis Howell, Deputy Head of the Journalism Department, City University.

  • 11 Feb 2014 - Future of the BBC - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF378 KB) Published 04 Apr 2014

    Evidence given by Gavyn Davies OBE and Greg Dyke; Lord Birt and Lord Grade of Yarmouth (at 11.30 am).

  • 25 Feb 2014 - Future of the BBC - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF384 KB) Published 28 Feb 2014

    Evidence given by RadioCentre, Bauer Radio, and Global Radio; KM Group, Newspaper Society, and Society of Editors (at 11.30 am).

  • The Future of the BBC | PDF version (PDF390 KB) Published 20 Jan 2014

    Evidence given by David Elstein, Chairman, openDemocracy.net and Broadcasting Policy Group, Claire Enders, founder, Enders Analysis Ltd, and Steve Hewlett, Guardian columnist and presenter, BBC Radio 4 Media Show.