Thank you for your comments

Friday 5 March 2010, 14:47

Mark Thompson Mark Thompson Director-General (2004-2012)

This is a short post to say, very simply, thank you. I've had a chance to catch up on your comments this morning and I am really grateful to so many of you for taking the time to get in touch.

Having set out proposals which included closing some much-loved services, I am not surprised that some of our plans have provoked a strong reaction. From what I've read, I don't see there's much I can add to what I've said previously about specific proposals linked to 6 Music or the Asian Network or what my colleagues Tim Davie and John Tate have posted over the week.

But I would like to reinforce a few points about the overall strategy - as I think it's really important people do not lose sight of the fact that our plans are about safeguarding the future of the whole BBC. Because the BBC's contribution to UK culture and society is bigger than the sum of its parts.

As a public institution we have a very clear public mission which we must fulfil to justify our existence. For us to be confident and ambitious into the digital future, we must be consistent in delivering that mission. And after a very comprehensive piece of work, I am convinced we need to make some changes to how we operate to guarantee consistency in the future.

Whilst I believe our proposals are right, it is also absolutely right that the people who own and pay for the BBC get their say before final decisions are made.

Now is your opportunity to get involved. The BBC Trust - our governing body - wants your input so they can take it into account when judging our proposals. We will forward your comments to the Trust, but if you really want to be heard you should also visit their site and complete the consultation.

As I said in my post on Tuesday:

"My ambition is for us to become more confident and proud of the fact that we exist to be different. Our purpose is not to make money, it is to enrich people's lives by capturing the essence of Britain today and making sure everyone can access excellence in programmes and content whoever they are."

And my ambition is for the whole BBC to be held up as meeting this vision, not just bits of it. The proposals I set out on Tuesday are just the start of an exciting new chapter for the BBC.

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    Comment number 1.

    Hi,

    Please believe me, I am not trying to hound you, I am simply trying to understand. I would therefor greatly appreciate a concrete answer to a question that many are asking: what station (specifically) do expect will offer music that the average 6 Music fan would be interested in at peak times?

    Thanks,

    Bob

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    Comment number 2.

    Whilst I don't disagree with your strategy, the criteria for 6 music being closed seems very woolly and contradicts what I as a license payer thought the remit for the BBC was.

    Why does investing more money in direct competitors of commercial radio give commercial radio a break?

    Why do the like of John Tate & Tim Davie not acknowledge that 6 music is a distinct and irreplaceable publicly funded station when the likes of David Bowie, Lilly Allen & Ed O'Brien and the many listeners of 6 music quite clearly do?

    After all it's not the most expensive radio station to run now is it?

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    Comment number 3.

    Quality has got to be the overriding aim of the BBC.

    If you can save the good stuff from the stations you can't afford to run, and use it to replace the poorer shows from the stations that remain, then the only challenge that remains is to make good on your aim to improve the quality of other programming. Just promise to run in the opposite direction if you see Peter Bazalgette coming...

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    Comment number 4.

    "My ambition is for us to become more confident and proud of the fact that we exist to be different. Our purpose is not to make money, it is to enrich people's lives by capturing the essence of Britain today and making sure everyone can access excellence in programmes and content whoever they are."

    If this is the case, then you would put 6 music on FM... I dare you!

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    Comment number 5.

    You say the BBC's contribution to UK culture and society is bigger than the sum of its parts. But that contribution will be diminished if it loses those parts that are unique. Those parts that have no counterpart in the commercial sector. 6 Music is a perfect example of something that the BBC can do, that can't be replicated by a commercial company. Its output is so different to that of Radios 1 and 2, it's hard to see how these two services can take on what 6 Music is doing.

    "My ambition is for us to become more confident and proud of the fact that we exist to be different." When I look at the BBC, I find several things that are virtual clones or copies of commercial output, on TV and radio. Where the BBC is imitating the 'opposition', this is what should be cut. Where the BBC excels, whether it be a unique radio station such as 6 Music, or its coverage of the Olympics or its fantastic documentary series, this should all be preserved. Then you can legitimately say the BBC is different.

    After several days now, reading the BBC's explanations for the proposed changes, I'm beginning to wonder: what is really going on here? None of the Management arguments have been at all persuasive.

 

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