2012 review of service licences


The BBC Trust has today published the conclusions from the review of service licences. The Trust was committed to simplify its framework for governing BBC services, making service licences its primary tool for governing the BBC’s output.

The Trust identified a number of minor changes and consulted publicly on these from June to September 2012.

The Trust received responses from six organisations who are either competitors or stakeholders as well as two responses from members of the public. We have published responses from RadioCentre, IBT, VLV and Friends of Radio 3, but the remaining respondents have asked us to keep their responses confidential.

Having reviewed the licences, consulted publicly on our plans and considered the response to that consultation, we have made the following changes to BBC Service Licences:

  • We have included a short description of the role of service licences in each licence – with an amendment arising from concerns raised in our public consultation.
  • We have simplified the Scope section by editing the footnotes.
  • We have edited the Budget section.
  • We have updated and edited the service licence annexes.
  • We have updated the aims and objectives for BBC Three and BBC Four by removing references to driving digital TV take-up.
  • We have removed the numeric condition for new factual programmes on BBC One and BBC Two.

Consultation responses

Equality analysis