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  1. iPlayer screengrab

    BBC iPlayer

    Trust has approved proposals to extend catch-up window for programmes on BBC iPlayer from seven to 30 days

    iPlayer screengrab
  2. Panorama

    Panorama: North Korea Undercover

    Editorial Standards Committee has published its finding on complaints related to Panorama: North Korea Undercover, which broadcast on BBC One on 15 April 2013

    Current affairs programme, featuring interviews and investigative reports
  3. John Zeff

    Jon Zeff appointed as BBC Trust Director

    The BBC Trust has announced that Jon Zeff has been appointed as Director of the BBC Trust

    John Zeff

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The BBC exists to serve the public, and its mission is to inform, educate and entertain. The BBC Trust is the governing body of the BBC, and we make sure the BBC delivers that mission.

Led by the Chairman Lord Patten, and consisting of 12 Trustees, the Trust is the guardian of licence fee revenue and of the public interest in the BBC.

The Trust is separate from the Executive Board which is led by the Director-General. The Executive Board is responsible for the operational delivery of BBC services and the direction of BBC editorial and creative output in line with the framework set by the Trust.

Our job is to get the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers.

We set the strategic objectives for the BBC.  We have challenged the BBC to:

  • increase the distinctiveness and quality of output;
  • improve the value for money provided to licence fee payers;
  • set new standards of openness and transparency; and
  • do more to serve all audiences.

We issue a service licence to every BBC service stating what we expect it to deliver and how much it can spend. We set the BBC’s editorial guidelines and protect the BBC’s independence. We monitor performance to ensure that the BBC provides value for money while staying true to its public purposes.

Here you can find out more about us, the decisions we have made and the way that we govern the BBC. Let us know if you have any feedback and comments.

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