The most important function of the Audience Council for Northern Ireland is to engage with and listen to local BBC audiences, and to champion their views to the BBC Trust.
The effectiveness of the Council’s work depends on the feedback from local audiences. We want to hear your views on different aspects of the BBC’s services and issues which you think the Council might address on behalf of licence-fee payers in Northern Ireland.
There are several ways you can make your voice heard. The Council hosts a number of events each year to listen to the audience. You can also contact the Audience Council with your views and suggestions. To find out how to contact the Council and for information about events go to Get Involved.
The Audience Council uses audience feedback to inform its advice to the BBC Trust. It makes formal submissions to Trust consultations on, for example, proposals for new BBC services or reviews of existing services.
Please see Council's submissions to BBC Trust consultations in 2013/14 below.
BBC network news and current affairs
In February 2013 the Trust announced a review of BBC network news and current affairs services, which involved a public consultation. The review aims to examine how well these services perform against commitments set by the Trust in the BBC's service licences, and against the BBC's broader public service role.
The Audience Council provided advice to the review informed by its direct engagement with audiences in 2013, and its wider understanding of local audiences' needs and expectations of network news and current affairs services.
The Trust will publish the findings of the review later this year.
BBC Television Services - BBC One, Two, Three and Four
In a second review of BBC Television, announced in February 2013, the Trust aims to assess whether each of the four BBC channels – BBC One, Two, Three and Four - fulfils the commitments defined in their respective service licence. This is the Trust’s second review of BBC Television, but the first to look at all four channels together, and involved a public consultation. The Trust's findings on the review will be published later this year.
The Audience Council’s advice to the review reflects what local audiences value in BBC TV and, importantly, where the services could do even more to serve audiences in Northern Ireland.
BBC children's services - CBBC and CBeebies
The Trust conducted a review of BBC children's services, CBBC and CBeebies, which included audience research, as well as industry and public consultation, to understand how well these services are performing for children.
The Council's advice to the Trust and the Trust's findings are attached.