The way the BBC is governed and funded is set out by Royal Charter. Each Royal Charter runs for 10 years and the current Charter is set to run until 31 December 2016.
In December 2016 the Government completed its Charter review process with the publication of a new Charter for the BBC to run from the beginning of 2017. Throughout the review process, the BBC Trust sought to ensure that the voice of licence fee payers was heard in the debate, carrying out a range of consultation and research work which was presented to Government. Details of this work can be found in the links on the right of this page.