Editorial Standards – a BBC statement
The BBC is to establish an Editorial Standards Board to oversee the Corporation's response to this week's announcement of serious editorial breaches in a number of programmes.
The Board, to be chaired by the Deputy Director-General, Mark Byford, will report to the Director-General.
The Board, which will comprise of directors of programme and content areas with other directors and senior staff, will also be attended by an independent director from the BBC Executive Board, Samir Shah.
The purpose of the Board will be to discuss key editorial standards facing the BBC overall and develop policy from it; to review the BBC's editorial compliance systems and ensure that the programme of action announced by the Director-General this week is implemented as a matter of priority and in full.
The BBC, with the approval of the BBC Trust, has appointed Will Wyatt CBE, the former Chief Executive of BBC Broadcast, to conduct an independent inquiry to establish a full understanding of the events surrounding the publication by the BBC at a press launch for the BBC One Autumn season of misleading footage relating to Her Majesty the Queen.
Mr Wyatt's inquiry will report to the Director-General in September. The Director-General will present the report to the BBC Trust in October. The findings will be made public.
Notes to Editors
1. The new Editorial Standards Board will be a sub-committee of the BBC Direction Group, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BBC.
2. Will Wyatt CBE is a former Chief Executive of BBC Broadcast (1996-9) and Managing Director, BBC Television (1991-6). A distinguished programme maker and television executive, he began his career as a journalist, and has been a producer and executive producer in BBC Television, Head of Documentary Features and Assistant Managing Director, Network Television. As Chief Executive, BBC Broadcast, he was responsible for all of the BBC's output in the UK, including network television, radio, online, education and regional broadcasting. He is currently Chairman of Human Capital plc and until recently was Chairman of the University of the Arts, London. He is a Fellow and former President of the Royal Television Society.
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