Tony Hall: "The best argument for the BBC lies in the quality of its programmes."
Director-General Tony Hall emailed staff yesterday congratulating them on the BBC's wins at the BAFTAs at the weekend. We've published the email in full below.
I thanked everyone last week for our election coverage – and what an amazing weekend it was with our VE Day commemorations and the BAFTAs.
The BBC won a total of eleven awards – more than any other broadcaster – which is yet another testament to the hard work of everyone in the organisation. The sheer range of nominees and winners was a great demonstration that the BBC is at the top of its game creatively. And many of the programmes are now once again on iPlayer for the public to enjoy.
The best argument for the BBC lies in the quality of its programmes. But there can never be any room for complacency. The challenge for us all over the coming months is to push ourselves to do even better for the people that matter most - our audiences.
We now also have a new Government and we look forward to working with the new Secretary of State. Ahead of us lie the Charter Review and the licence fee negotiations. Quite rightly, there will be lively and robust debate about the future of the BBC and its role in public life. We should approach this debate with confidence. The BBC is a treasured national asset but of course it cannot be immune to change. The BBC should be prepared to be bold and inventive about its future and we should also encourage the public to have its voice in that debate. That is why we will be publishing our own proposals in the next few months on how the BBC can flourish in the internet age as we look forward to our Centenary.
Thank you again for all your hard work and everything you do for the BBC.