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Today we publish our Annual Report and Accounts and I’m delighted to report that the BBC’s reach has remained almost universal. 96% of UK adults continue to use the BBC every week - remarkable given the variety of new media, devices and platforms competing for people’s attention.

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  • Chairman, BBC Trust

    Today we publish our Annual Report and Accounts and I’m delighted to report that the BBC’s reach has remained almost universal. 96% of UK adults continue to use the BBC every week - remarkable given the variety of new media, devices and platforms competing for people’s attention.

    Audiences have enjoyed an impressive roster of content, including outstanding, distinctive new dramas such as The Night Manager.

    Public appreciation of the BBC’s services remains very high. The Trust’s purpose remit survey which has tracked the public perception since 2008 – shows long-term impressions of the BBC have improved further.

    But no organisation can stand still – and the BBC is no exception.

    This year, BBC Trust approved plans to move BBC Three online and the BBC continued to innovate, launching a range of new apps and content.

    The Trust also set out its initial thinking on BBC Studios, potentially the biggest shake up of BBC production in its history – although further regulatory assessment will...

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  • Chairman, BBC Trust

  • Trustee

    Today the BBC has published its new strategy on diversity and inclusion which sets out how they will work to reflect, represent and serve all audiences between now and 2020. It is a vital step and one which embeds diversity and inclusion as part of the BBC’s everyday culture.

    The role of the Trust in this area is to set priorities and monitor the BBC’s delivery of them. For their part, the BBC present their plans to us and we are pleased to see the ambitious targets and projects set out in the strategy Diversity includes everyone.

    Measuring progress

    We welcome the new, tougher workforce and on-screen targets as well as steps to boost inclusion such as new Diverse Audience Panels. This will offer insight on what minority audiences think about the BBC and how they are represented. Further initiatives like Diamond will allow the BBC to benchmark against other broadcasters and accurately measure progress.

    Both these things are vital as monitoring and consultation give those who run the...

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  • The Trust held its final Charter Review seminar in Glasgow on 7 December. The event was chaired by Kirsty Wark with opening remarks from the BBC Chairman, Rona Fairhead and the Trust member for Scotland, Bill Matthews.

    In her introduction Rona outlined some of the successes of the BBC in Scotland, but also some of the issues going forward including playing a greater role in supporting the development of the creative talent across the UK, doing more to better represent and reflect audiences and in particular a devolved Scotland in all of its output - including news.

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  • On 24 November 2015, the BBC Trust held a Charter Review seminar at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. The event was chaired by BBC Newcastle’s Charlie Charlton. BBC Trust Chairman Rona Fairhead opened the seminar by setting out the Charter process and the importance of ensuring that the public voice was heard.

    A panel consisting of Graeme Thompson, Dean of Arts, Design and Media at...

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  • On 10 November 2015, the BBC Trust held one of its Charter Review seminars in Birmingham. The event was chaired by BBC News presenter Jane Hill.

    Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust, introduced the event by reporting the results of the research and consultation which the Trust had been conducting amongst audiences as part of the Charter review process.

    A panel consisting of Fiona Allan,...

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  • The fourth of the Trust’s Charter Review seminars was held in Belfast on 3 November 2015. The event was chaired by BBC Radio Ulster’s William Crawley.

    Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust, introduced the event by outlining the work the Trust had been doing to understand audience views of the BBC.

    A panel of Anne Bulford, Managing Director, Finance and Operations, BBC; Nick...

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  • Trustee

    In January this year, we began looking at BBC proposals which included closing BBC Three as a TV channel and moving it online. This has been a very detailed study which has sparked a large response through two phases of public consultation.

    It hasn’t been an easy process either. It’s a difficult decision to close a TV channel and one that’s been finely balanced throughout but in the end we have given approval to the BBC’s proposal with a range of conditions attached.

    We know that a lot of people care deeply about the channel and the programmes it is home to. We hope that the conditions,...

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  • Head of Public Services Strategy

    The government’s green paper on the BBC’s Charter Review asks about the distinctiveness of BBC content and how it should be measured and many stakeholders have been commenting on this in their responses, sparking, in some areas, some debate over what would be right for the BBC.

    The Trust has been discussing this at our series of public seminars but have found that even expert panellists find...

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  • Cynhaliwyd y trydydd seminar ar Adolygu’r Siarter gan yr Ymddiriedolaeth yng Nghanolfan y Mileniwm ar 20 Hydref 2015. Cadeiriwyd y digwyddiad gan Bethan Rhys Roberts.

    Cyflwynwyd y digwyddiad gan Rona Fairhead, Cadeirydd Ymddiriedolaeth y BBC, ac Elan Closs Stephens, aelod Ymddiriedolaeth y BBC dros Gymru. Tynnodd Rona sylw at ychydig o’r gwaith yr oedd yr Ymddiriedolaeth wedi bod yn ei wneud gyda chynulleidfaoedd fel rhan o broses adolygu’r Siarter. Rhoddodd Elan drosolwg o’r swyddogaeth bwysig yr oedd y BBC wedi’i chwarae dros y blynyddoedd.

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