BBC Trust to conduct channel review

The BBC Trust has announced it will carry out reviews of BBC News and BBC One, Two, Three and Four in 2013, in two of the largest scale assessments of BBC services it has conducted so far.

The reviews are being conducted as part of the Trust’s rolling programme of service reviews. Under the Charter the Trust is required to review each BBC service at least once every five years.

The review of BBC network news services will cover BBC News Channel, BBC Parliament, the national news bulletins on BBC TV and radio, daily news programmes such as the Today Programme and Newsnight, and the BBC News website.

BBC Trustee Richard Ayre, who will lead the review of BBC News, said: “Last summer, when we completed the first round of reviews the Trust has to carry out on each and every BBC service, we agreed that News is so central to the BBC’s purposes that we wanted to ensure that it can deliver on its aspiration to provide the best journalism in the world, right across its networks and services.”

BBC Trustee David Liddiment, leading the TV services review, added: "We’ll be looking for evidence of progress since the last time we reviewed each channel, particularly on the distinctiveness of their schedules, and whether they’re continuing to deliver the high standards that audiences rightly expect.”

The review of TV services is expected to begin in the spring, with the review of BBC News expected to begin in summer. Public consultations will be held for both reviews as well as specific audience research and interviews with elevant BBC controllers and staff.

DTG Staff  |  06.02.2013

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