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BBC wants to prepare for internet only future

The BBC wants to be able to prepare for an internet-only future during the next Charter period, according to its official response to a Government consultation about its own future.

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.


  1. I am all for this migration of services for BBC television & radio. The only fly in the ointment being the UK is a nation of listeners that still tune to football on medium wave, cricket on long wave, and watch rugby and tennis, primarily on Freeview! Is the nation ready to online only?

    1. Sorry, last sentence should read, 'Is the nation ready for a switchover to online only?'

  2. Yes. I presume by online only they mean broadcast BBC One via the internet rather than DTT. I don't imagine that many people listen to the cricket on LW these days, and if the BBC closed down all traditionally broadcast stations tomorrow people would cope - one simple way of coping would be to buy a new device that is capable of receiving it via the internet. All of the services are available on a multitude of devices already.

    1. "All of the services are available on a multitude of devices already."

      But not to everyone, only to a proportion of the licence fee payers.

  3. Once again this assumes you have fast enough internet. Which is only about half the UK population for watching TV in picture and sound quality as good as DTT (ie. Full HD video snd 5.1 sound, not crappy iPlayer "HD").


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