BBC Trust launches service review into BBC One, Two, Three and Four

The BBC Trust has begun the most ambitious service licence review of BBC Television it has undertaken as it looks at how well BBC One, Two, Three and Four are performing.

A three month public consultation started on November 12 and the Trust invited BBC audiences to get in touch with their views on the four channels.

This is the Trust's second review of BBC Television but the first to look at these four channels together; BBC One, Two and Four were reviewed in 2010 and BBC Three in 2009 as part of the Trust's review into younger audiences.

The Television review, which was announced in February 2013, will over the coming months assess whether each of the four BBC channels is fulfilling the commitments defined in its service licence, which set out what the public can expect of BBC services. It will consider whether any changes to the current licences are needed along with each service's future direction.

The review will follow up the Executive's progress on the Trust's previous recommendations for the channels and examine the extent to which the BBC television services provide distinctive programmes, which all audiences around the United Kingdom watch and enjoy. As part of this, the Trust will consider how well the services are adapting to meet changing audience expectations and viewing patterns, primarily in response to technological developments.

BBC Trustee Suzanna Taverne said:"In this fully digital age the television landscape is changing dramatically and BBC television can be viewed anytime, anywhere on pretty much any device and our viewers have never been more discerning. We want to make sure the BBC is delivering the highest quality content to all audiences; however they choose to access it. We'd encourage those who watch BBC television to get in touch through our consultation to tell us how they think these four channels are doing."

In addition to the public consultation, the Trust will also carry out audience research.

The BBC plans to publish the final conclusions of the review in summer 2014.

DTG Staff  |  20.11.2013

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