The BBC Trust said this morning: "Any major changes to existing BBC services require approval from the Trust. In this case, we expect to conduct a public value test, including a public consultation, so licence fee payers will have the opportunity to have their say in the process.
Outlining how the process works, the BBC Trust's statement explained:
"When the Executive Board proposes significant changes to the UK public services, the Trust, in its regulatory role, must subject them to full and public scrutiny through a Public Value Test (PVT).
A Public Value Test has four stages:
- An assessment of the likely public value of the proposal, carried out by the Trust
- A market impact assessment, carried out by Ofcom, which assesses the extent of any likely impact on markets relevant to the proposed change
- The Trust considers and publishes the outcome of both assessments, and reaches provisional conclusions regarding the proposed change
- The Trust consults on the provisional conclusions before reaching a final conclusion on the proposed change."