Trust review of Television begins

David Liddiment David Liddiment wants to hear from millions of viewers

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The BBC Trust has started its review of BBC One, Two, Three and Four - the first time it's looked at the four channels together.

It has also launched a three month public consultation in which audiences will be asked what they think about the television services.

The trust will judge whether the channels are meeting the terms of their service licences as well as the expectations of viewers, which are changing in line with new technology.

It will also consider whether the trust's previous recommendations have been acted upon; BBC One, Two and Four were last reviewed by the trust in 2010, while BBC Three was examined in 2009 as part of a review into younger audiences.

Sport included

And it will question whether the channels are providing high quality content across all genres, including sport but excluding news and current affairs, and delivering value for money.

'The licence fee places a great obligation on the BBC to be bolder than other broadcasters in delivering ambitious and distinctive programmes for its audiences,' said BBC trustee David Liddiment, who is leading the review. 'This review will allow us to make sure that the BBC is doing just that.

'We want to hear from the millions of viewers who watch the channels to tell us what they think.'

Audience research will also be carried out as part of the review which is due to be published next summer.

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