Audience Council England members and panel members aim to reflect as fully as possible the diversity of the region they represent.
The Audience Councils and the panels in England form a vital link between the Trust and the public, and we welcome the perspectives of people who want to help the BBC Trust to get the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers.
Audience Council England members meet formally seven times each year at different locations, with some meetings including an overnight stay. There will also be opportunities to meet with members from the other national Audience Councils.
Our panels meet face-to-face three times a year, though may be asked for their views on a variety of topics between these meetings.
Audience Council England and panel members are unpaid although expenses are provided, as outlined in our terms of reference.
Become a member of Audience Council England
Members of the Audience Council are appointed for an initial period of three years.
Members are selected through an open selection process as and when vacancies arise. Vacancies are generally advertised and shortlisted candidates are invited to discuss their application.
Audience Council members draw on their own understanding of local audiences, and their personal, social and professional networks, to contribute to discussions.
As with other public bodies, members are expected to apply high standards of behaviour in their approach to their role and responsibilities. The Trust has adopted the standards outlined by the Committee on Standards of Public Life.
Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16, except: certain elected political representatives; office-holders in political parties; senior public servants; BBC employees; senior employees of major suppliers to the BBC; and senior employees of other media organisations.
Join one of our panels
We have panels in each of the 12 English regions to help us keep in touch with what people around England think about the programmes and services provided by the BBC. They discuss local, regional and national programming, help us when we take part in Trust consultations and identify on-going concerns for audiences.
Find out more about panel recruitment.
The BBC Trust consults licence payers through consultations. Current consultations can be found here.
If you would like to find out more about our work, you can get in touch by post or email.
Comments about BBC programmes
If you have a question or comment specifically about a BBC programme or service, you can contact BBC Information via the website or by writing to the address below;
BBC Audience Services
PO Box 1922