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DTG Statement on the BBC Charter & Framework Agreement

16 December 2016, London -- The DTG welcomes the publication by the Government of the final BBC Charter and Agreement yesterday. The new eleven year Charter and Agreement secures the licence fee as the method of funding for the BBC, endorses the current scale and scope of the BBC and its reform programme and also confirms that the majority of new BBC Board Members will not be appointed by the Government.

Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust said: “The priority of the Trust has been to listen to the public, and ensure the next Charter provides the content and services they want and love.” While BBC Director-General Tony Hall added: “The public has been clear in its support for a strong and independent BBC that informs, education and entertains. This 11-year Charter endorses that and allows us to create a BBC which is more open, more creative and more distinctive than ever.”

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG commented: “The BBC helped create the DTG in 1995 and as a long term industry partner we look forward to constructively working with the Corporation as it continues to innovate in technology, which is clearly in the interest of the viewer and the digital television industry. Today’s Ofcom Report shows that there is still a clear opportunity for the BBC to continue to drive innovation in broadcast and broadband and we’re delighted to be working with them to meet their need to ‘lead in research and development’.”

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Lindsay Spencer, Head of Communications - pr@dtg.org.uk - +44 (0) 20 7840 6500

About the DTG

The DTG is the non-profit UK collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, reaching industry, government, academia and international partners, set up with the purpose of looking after the digital TV marketplace. It underpins the free-to-air platforms Freeview, Freesat and YouView, and supporting the development of Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk.

It has been central to the distribution of TV in the UK for nearly two decades through the collaborative development of industry standards and best practice, and is currently embracing the convergence of content and networks across industries to focus on the efficient delivery of video to all screens - mobile, tablet and TV - in all formats: standard, high and ultra high definitions.

The DTG supports the next generation of digital TV and related technologies through its work in the delivery of video to mobile devices, television on tablets, spectrum coexistence management, TV white space, home networking, connected TV, accessibility, and the UK UHD Forum.

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