The Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee publishes a supplementary memo from the BBC.
This written evidence follows the oral evidence that was given to the Committee on Tuesday 11th September on the BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2017-2018 by Director-General Lord Hall of Birkenhead and Deputy Director-General Anne Bulford OBE.
Chair of the Committee, Damian Collins MP, said:
“Since our evidence session in Salford last month we have had assurances that changes to BBC Parliament announced earlier this summer may be dropped or amended.
The BBC had stated that daily and weekly summary programmes on BBC Parliament may be cut.
In supplementary evidence published by us today the BBC states that it now believes that these programmes should continue as they provide ‘important reflection and clarity for audiences. We welcome this change of heart.
BBC Parliament has a unique importance to Parliament and the many viewers wishing to see their democratic institution at work on their behalf.
We are pleased the Speaker’s lectures will continue to be broadcast by BBC Parliament.
We also welcome the BBC’s announcement that it is ‘still working through’ the precise mix of programming on BBC Parliament in the future.
We will have more to say on this in our forthcoming report on the BBC.”