The Board of Governors and Management Board are required by the BBC's Charter and Agreement and the Financial
Memorandum with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to prepare financial statements for each financial year which
give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of BBC World Service and of its income and expenditure for that period.
In preparing those financial statements, the Board of Governors and Management Board are required to:
In addition, the Board of Governors and Management Board have voluntarily decided to comply with the accounting
and disclosure provisions of the Companies Act 1985 and, where applicable, of the Financial Services Authority Listing Rules.
They are also responsible for keeping adequate accounting records and taking such steps as are reasonably open to them
to safeguard the assets of BBC World Service and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.
- select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently
- make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent
- state whether applicable accounting standards have been followed and disclose and explain any material departures in the financial statements
- prepare the financial statements on a going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to do so.