On July 16th the Department for Culture Media and Sport launched a public consultation on the subject of the BBC charter review which will last until October 8th 2015.
The DCMS’ background document on the consultation can be found here.
“Reviewing the BBC’s Royal Charter is not just a case of publishing a consultation. We want to engage with the public and with industry to make sure that all views are given proper consideration. This is why we are engaging with people across the UK in a number of ways to make it easy for everyone to respond.”
Contact details for UK readers wishing to contribute to the public consultation appear on page eight and the nineteen questions which are the subject of the consultation can be found on page 11.
The BBC Trust has announced a public consultation relating to four domestic radio stations: Radio 4, Radio 4 extra, Radio 5 live and Radio 5 live sports extra.
Members of the public can make submissions to the Trust until February 23rd 2015.
Notably, the consultation does not include the issues of editorial standards and impartiality.
Readers can find more details, including terms of reference and information on how to take part in the consultation here.
Readers may recall that last autumn the BBC Trust announced an audience consultation regarding its news and current affairs content.
The results of that consultation have now been published and can be viewed here.
“We carried out a public consultation at the end of 2013 and received over 9,000 responses from licence fee payers. We also commissioned qualitative and quantitative audience research to inform our thinking for the review. We received a number of responses from the industry and other stakeholder organisations and have spoken to a number of the other news providers in the UK. We also interviewed many of the BBC’seditors, commissioners and most senior journalists. This evidence, alongside performance monitoring and financial analysis, has given us a clear picture of the current state of the BBC’s network journalism as well as identifying areas where it can develop.”
In 2012/13 there were over 25 million licence fee payers in the UK. A sample size of 9,000 random participants in this consultation might therefore appear to many to be too small to produce a reliable “clear picture of the current state of the BBC’s network journalism”.
Background material to the review – including a statement from ‘Jews for Justice for Palestinians’ – can be seen here.
The BBC’s own reporting on the review can be read here and a slightly different perspective can be seen here.
Via the Daily Telegraph we learn that:
“The BBC Trust has launched the latest in a series of audience consultations to establish whether the corporation’s news output is living up to its public service commitments.
It has now announced the investigation will encompass its flagship news and current affairs programmes, including Radio 4’s Today programme, Panorama, Question Times, Newsnight and the Daily Politics.
It will also investigate the BBC website’s news section, Radio 1’s Newsbeat and bulletins across television and radio.
A spokesman confirmed the review will “particularly focus” on what audiences think about the quality and distinctiveness of BBC news and current affairs, and how to deal with changing viewing habits.”
The consultation will run from September 16th to December 13th 2013 and there are various ways to take part – see details here. It covers television and radio programmes available in the UK as well as BBC Online and social media – in other words, the consultation does not include the BBC World Service.
An opportunity definitely not to be wasted.