Extract from the BBC Charter

The BBC’s public nature and its objects

1. The BBC exists to serve the public interest.

2. The BBC’s main object is the promotion of its Public Purposes.

3. In addition, the BBC may maintain, establish or acquire subsidiaries through whichcommercial activities may be undertaken to any extent permitted by a FrameworkAgreement. (The BBC’s general powers enable it to maintain, establish or acquiresubsidiaries for purposes sufficiently connected with its Public Purposes…..

4.The Public PurposesThe 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;2

(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 ofemerging communications technologies and services and, in addition, taking aleading role in the switchover to digital television.

5.How the BBC promotes its Public Purposes: the BBC’s mission to inform,educateand entertain

(1)The BBC’s main activities should be the promotion of its Public Purposes through theprovision of output which consists of information, education and entertainment, suppliedby means of—

(a)television, radio and online services;

(b)similar or related services which make output generally available and which may bein forms or by means of technologies which either have not previously been used bythe BBC or which have yet to be developed.

3 comments ↓

#1 Mister Jabberwock on 07.25.10 at 10:59 pm

Tom

You tweet “Jeremey Hunt calls for BBC online red lines: http://bit.ly/aOFh5E but charter obliges online content: http://bit.ly/cX4Emh

This implies that you think JH’s statement is at odds with the charter.

Well 1) so what if it was. Should not a new government be allowed to call for change.

2) It isn’t and you would have to pretty intellectually challenged to thing that it was an obligation to provide online services does not mean that there are not sensible limits to what those services cover. Or do you not agree with that?

#2 Sean Baggaley on 07.26.10 at 5:14 pm

Seems to be doing a pretty good job. Not perfect, but not bad.

Especially as it’s a mere shadow of its former self thanks to the tireless efforts of a certain Mr. J. Birt.

#3 Sean Baggaley on 07.26.10 at 5:18 pm

Of course, if—like so many anti-Beeb rants—your point is that the BBC should pull off the impossible feat of pleasing all the people, all the time, you’re wrong.

As is the usual proposed “solution” to the BBC’s alleged “problems”: that, since the BBC *cannot* please all the people, all of the time, it should instead focus entirely on pleasing *you*.

The BBC does have issues, but these are mainly concerned with the second “B” in its name, not the content it produces. The TV is no longer the king of family entertainment.

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