BBC Trust to review rural issues

Sheep in a field More than two-thirds of the UK's landscape is rural

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The coverage of rural areas in the UK will be the subject of a BBC Trust review in the summer.

The impartiality review of rural issues will be independent, examining news, current affairs and factual programming.

Alison Hastings, who is chair of the Trust's Editorial Standards Committee, said: 'More than two-thirds of the UK's landscape is rural, and rural issues affect many areas of all our lives.

'The BBC exists to serve the whole of the UK and we'll be looking for evidence that the BBC is reflecting these communities and their issues, and that it is achieving the high standards of impartiality which audiences expect.'

It's the latest in a number of impartiality reviews that examine different aspects of the BBC's output.

The BBC Trust announced only recently that it will also be scrutinising children's output on CBBC and CBeebies and will be assessing BBC News.

The BBC's governing body also confirmed that it will host two impartiality seminars later this year with journalists, academics and experts.

One seminar will focus on arts programming and another on the economic and political reporting of Africa.

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