Each of the BBC's twelve English Regions has its own Regional Advisory
Council (RAC), with approximately twelve members from a wide range
of backgrounds. Members include the Chairs of the Local Radio Advisory
Councils in the region, plus ordinary or 'lay' members.
They represent viewers or listeners in the area, and meet regularly
to offer advice and feedback on the BBC's regional TV, radio and
internet output, as well as network programmes and other services.
Members are appointed for up to three years. The selection criteria
include being independent of the BBC, viewing and/or listening regularly,
having community involvement, knowledge or experience of specialist
areas such as age, disability or beliefs, and an ability to take
part in constructive discussion.
The work is voluntary, but travelling expenses are paid. If you
would like to apply to join an advisory council, contact a current
member, or request further information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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There will be big changes to the BBC's accountability
under the new Royal Charter starting from January 2007.
The local and regional advisory councils and the English National
Forum will disappear, to be replaced by larger Regional Audience
Councils reporting to the Audience Council England.
The councils will have a wider remit. They will advise the new
BBC Trust (which replaces the Board of Governors) on all national,
regional and local services and on BBC policy.