APPENDIX 3: CALL FOR EVIDENCE
SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE BBC CHARTER REVIEW
EXTENDED INQUIRY INTO THE BBC
The Committee's first report on the Government's
Green Paper "Review of the BBC's Royal Charter: A strong
BBC, independent of Government" will be published in
late October. The Committee will then conduct a short inquiry
into some specific areas of BBC broadcasting, including religious
broadcasting, the broadcasting of sport, broadcasting in the regions
and the BBC World Service.*
In particular, we would welcome comments on:
The Broadcasting of Sport
- Should the BBC have a duty to bid for certain
- Is the BBC too aggressive in the way it bids
for sports rights? Should there be an independent review of the
way the BBC bids for sports rights?
Broadcasting in the Nations and Regions
- Does the BBC's proposed move to Manchester represent
value for money for the licence payer? Should the BBC continue
- Should the BBC move towards "ultra-local"
services? If so, what form should such services take? Should the
BBC provide stand-alone local services or work in partnership
with other non-profit distributing organisations?
The BBC World Service
- Should the BBC World Service seek to review its
international services? If so, what countries should it enter
and what new services should it provide?
- Do different faiths (including no faith beliefs)
figure sufficiently in BBC programmes and services?
- How should faiths be represented in BBC programmes,
services and governance?
The BBC as commissioner versus broadcaster
- In the context of the digital revolution is the
future of the BBC principally as a producer and commissioner of
high quality programming or as a broadcaster?
Connecting to the licence fee payer
- What more can the BBC do better involve the public
in its decision making processes?
* Please note that any written
evidence submitted to the Committee's current inquiry into the
Green Paper will be considered relevant to the new inquiry. There
is no need to resubmit such evidence.