The BBC strategic review on WATO
It's been a big day at the BBC - this morning Director General Mark Thompson confirmed last week's leak to The Times and announced the recommendations of his strategic review of the Corporation's activities. The World at One with Martha Kearney gave nearly 13 minutes to the story this lunchtime. Here's the item in full. The review doesn't signal any change at Radio 4: the BBC's document says:
This strategy strongly endorses the current creative direction and editorial performance of Radio 4, Radio 3, Radio 1 and 5 Live. Radio 4, the original Home Service of the BBC, is unique in world radio in its quality and range...
But the proposed changes - which now enter a period of consultation conducted by the BBC Trust - will clearly, if accepted, change the shape of the Corporation substantially.
Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog
- The BBC Trust's page for the consultation is here. You're invited to participate.
- The Director General wrote about the strategic review on the About the BBC blog this morning. His post already has 118 comments. Discussion on the social networks has focused on the two radio networks proposed for closure. On Twitter, a protest is building.
- The story was picked up today by The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and hundreds of other news outlets.