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John Tate John Tate Director, Policy and Strategy Blog posts in total 8

  1. Ensuring prominence for public service content as media converges

    Thursday 17 January 2013, 11:26

    The BBC's Director of Policy and Strategy, John Tate discusses a new report that tackles the role of Public Service Broadcasting in the evolving world of media consumption.

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  2. The BBC's economic impact

    Tuesday 15 January 2013, 13:18

    John Tate blogs about how the BBC stimulates growth through its own spending and how it can foster growth in other creative industries. 

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  3. Retransmission fees - to pay or not to pay?

    Friday 14 December 2012, 12:20

    Last week the BBC announced a plan for how it proposes to deliver its services to audiences with the licence fee frozen until 2017.

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  4. What the BBC spends on television content - a response to today's Ofcom report

    Thursday 28 June 2012, 10:34

    Ofcom published its 2012 PSB report today and I'm pleased that, once again, it shows audiences continue to rate the BBC very highly for quality - with BBC One and BBC Two by far the highest-rated, and BBC Three and Four comparable with ITV1 and Channel 4.

    I'm disappointed though that Ofcom has chosen...

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  5. The BBC - it's a bit like an apple

    Friday 18 November 2011, 08:30

    Every quarter I review the BBC's overall performance and, for this year's third quarter, an especially strong picture emerged that reminded me of just what an extraordinary organisation the BBC is.

    Take the website that you're probably reading this on - the BBC's. It's the only UK site consistently...

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  6. The BBC - helping the creative economy to grow

    Friday 9 September 2011, 17:14

    Helping the creative industries restart and diversify Britain's economy is a crucial element of Jeremy Hunt's plan for a new Communications Act. How then does the BBC measure up to this aspiration?

    A BBC report published today, Helping Drive growth in the UK creative economy (PDF), describes how the...

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  7. Why the BBC must focus on quality content

    Wednesday 7 April 2010, 17:02

    I am giving evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee today about the BBC's strategy review - Putting Quality First. I've spent a lot of time preparing for the session and - as part of that - I've been reminding myself about one of our key considerations in making the BBC more mission-focused...

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  8. The Strategy Review - some questions answered

    Wednesday 3 March 2010, 18:04

    Thank you for all your comments both on Mark Thompson's post, and elsewhere. I'm John Tate, the BBC's Director of Policy and Strategy, and I'd like to take this opportunity to answer the main questions and concerns that seem to be emerging, outlined below. We'll be commenting more over the coming days...

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