Annual Report and Accounts 2011/12

Each year the BBC reports to licence fee payers and audiences in the Annual Report and Accounts. The Annual Report and Accounts are formally laid in Parliament in accordance with the requirements of the Charter. Usually this happens in July. They are also published on the BBC’s website.

The Annual Report is published in two parts. Part 1 is the BBC Trust’s review and assessment of BBC performance during the year. Part 1 also includes information about the work of the Trust and the costs of running the Trust. Part 2 is the BBC Executive’s report on its own performance during the year.

The BBC’s financial statements (the "accounts") are prepared by the BBC Executive and audited by independent auditors before being presented to the Trust and laid in Parliament.

In addition to the Annual Report and Accounts, the BBC is required to lay a television licence fee trust statement in Parliament. This is shows the revenue receivable from Licence Fee payers, in accordance with the Accounts Direction given by HM Treasury in accordance with Section 2 of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921. You can view this here.

Annual Report and Accounts 2011/12

The 2011/12 Annual Report and accounts is published in the Downloads and Archive section of the BBC's Annual Report website:

BBC Annual Report website

You will also find links to previous reports at this link.

Summary of the Annual Report

A summary of the BBC Trust’s views is available in leaflet form.

You can download this by clicking on the link below. Copies will also be available in public places (e.g. libraries) around the country.

Further information

The Annual Report and Accounts is an overview of the BBC's performance in the year. More detailed information on the performance of the BBC is also available and is usually published at the same time as the Annual Report and Accounts.

BBC World Service Annual Review

The World Service produces an annual review each year. It is available here: BBC World Service - Annual Review 2011/12 (PDF file)

BBC Worldwide Annual Review

Audience Councils annual reviews

Each of the Trust's four Audience Councils publishes an annual review. Follow the link below to the Audience Councils page and look for the "Annual Review" tab on each Audience Council's page.

Audience Councils

If you would like the Annual Review in audio or Braille format, please contact BBC Audience Services by calling 03700 100 222* or by using this contact form. 0370 numbers are called 'UK wide' and cost no more than calls to 01 or 02 geographic numbers.

Purpose remit survey results

Each year the Trust carries out a survey of audiences to see whether the BBC is delivering its public purposes. The results of this year's annual tracking surveys are available at the following link:

Purpose remit surveys

Distinctiveness researchWe commissioned a piece of research which would enhance our understanding of audience’s perception and expectations of distinctiveness on the BBC and update our understanding of what is driving the perceived gap and what might be necessary to address this.

The full findings are available here:

Audience perceptions of distinctiveness 2012

Each year the BBC publishes information about equality and diversity, including its arrangements for promoting equal opportunities in the workplace.

The Trust's observations are published here:

Equality of opportunity in employment

BBC staff training

As required by the BBC's Agreement, the Executive Board reports to the Trust annually on the current operation and effectiveness of the arrangements for the training and retraining of BBC staff. This commentary sets out the Trust's observations on the Executive's arrangements over the BBC's financial year ending at 31 March 2012.

Equality Impact Statement

The Trust produced an equality impact statement for the Annual Report and Accounts and Audience Council Reviews 2011-12. It is available at the following link: