The Royal Charter The Royal Charter is the constitutional basis for the BBC. It sets out the public purposes of the BBC, guarantees its independence, and outlines the duties of the Trust and the Executive Board. The current Charter runs until 31 December 2016.
The BBC’s Public Nature The BBC exists to serve the public interest. The BBC’s main object is the promotion of its Public Purposes. In addition, the BBC may maintain, establish or acquire subsidiaries through which commercial activities may be undertaken to any extent permitted by a Framework Agreement
The Public Purposes The Public Purposes of the BBC are as follows: (a)sustaining citizenship and civil society; (b) Promoting education and learning; (c)stimulating creativity and cultural excellence; (d)representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities (e)bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK (f)in promoting its other purposes, helping to deliver to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services and, in addition, taking a leading role in the switchover to digital television.
The Independence of the BBC The BBC shall be independent in all matters concerning the content of its output, the times and manner in which this is supplied, and in the management of its affairs
Cases against the licensing fee A Conservative government could "rip up" the BBC's royal charter, the shadow culture secretary has suggested Jeremy Hunt told the Financial Times that the corporation was "out of touch with the hard times the rest of the electorate is going through". He said the BBC's structure had "failed", adding that Tories in power would have a "very fundamental root-and-branch discussion with the BBC".
Cases against the licensing fee "We are looking into whether it would be appropriate to rip up the charter in the middle of it, or whether one should wait," He would also end proposals to require the BBC to share about £130m from the licence fee with other broadcasters. Mr Hunt added that he wanted to improve the market for commercial TV in the UK by deregulation, rather than by spending taxpayers' money. He said he wanted to ensure that the BBC's dominance did not stifle the commercial sector.
What the BBC Spends Its Money On The BBC has paid £1.2 million in fees in the last year to companies owned by closerelatives of senior executives in new allegations of cronyism. The heads of BBC radio and TV stations and senior corporation management figures used public money to pay for flowers, champagne, hampers for stars and "thank you" lunches and dinners.
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