It says it wants to transform its services for the day when traditional ways of delivering its services come to an end as part of a series of proposed reforms during the next decade.
Announcing the publication of the BBC's response, BBC Director General Tony Hall said:
Our programme of reform will ensure the BBC is fit for the internet age, focused on the things that matter to audiences, continues to support the economy and is an unashamed champion of British talent, content and creativity.
The BBC already is preparing to take BBC Three online only, with new online services for children in the pipeline and a new online platform dubbed the "Ideas Service", collaborating with arts and science organisations is also proposed.
Defending the Corporation against what some see as multiple attacks on the BBC's independence by politicians and rival media groups, he said:
The public wants a strong – and independent - BBC that produces great programmes, gives them impartial news and ensures Britain’s voice is heard abroad.
With further savings proposed for the new Charter period, which begins in 2017, the full set of BBC proposals for the next decade include:
- Increasing competition from two thirds to 80 per cent of the BBC's cost base;
- Planning to save almost 20 per cent over the first five years of the next Charter, having already saved more than 40 per cent of our addressable cost base in this Charter period – the BBC says this constitutes greater levels of efficiency savings than the public sector/government average;
- Getting BBC overheads to less than seven per cent, inside the top 25 per cent of private regulated companies, having already got to less than eight per cent this year;
- Growing our overall commercial return in the first five years of the next Charter to a cumulative £1.2billion, up 15 per cent, with Worldwide maintained as an integral part of the BBC;
- Buttressing the BBC’s independence by having an 11-year charter and stopping top slicing or contestable funding;
- Removing key guarantees and quotas for BBC programmes, but setting up BBC Studios to maintain the BBC's tradition of programme making;
- Reform to the BBC’s system of governance and regulation, to provide greater clarity and improved accountability;
- Transforming the BBC's services to be internet fit, on the way to them being ready for an internet-only world whenever it comes.