BBC on the brink: Boss issues rallying cry for team to ‘fight’ for broadcaster’s future | Policy | News

Managing Director Tim Davie gave a speech to employees in which he warned that the corporation must reform to remain relevant and continue to provide value for money. His speech came just hours after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries confirmed it was launching a BBC mid-term review to verify that the corporation is abiding by its terms of operation, as set out in the 10-year Royal Charter agreed in 2017.

The review will look at the broadcaster’s impartiality and whether it is representing British attitudes across the country.

Dorries has criticized the broadcaster in the past and indicated its desire to scrap the TV license fee funding model beyond 2027.

Speaking to staff this afternoon, Davie said it was necessary for the BBC to adapt to succeed in a busy global market.

He said: “When I took this job, I said that we needed to fight for something important: public service content and services, freely and universally available, for the good of all.

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“A new global digital media organization that has never been seen before.

“Driven by the desire to make life and society better for our license payers and customers in every corner of the UK and beyond.

“They want us to keep the BBC relevant and fight for something that in 2022 is more important than ever.

“To do that, we need to evolve faster and embrace the massive changes in the market around us.”

British families must pay £159 a year for a TV license to watch BBC services.

Mrs. Dorries said this morning that she was releasing the broadcaster’s mid-term review to ensure she was still delivering to the British people.

She explained that she wanted to make the BBC more impartial, more accessible and more reflective” of the country’s views.

The Mid-Bedfordshire MP said: “The BBC is a world-class broadcaster, but it needs to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape, as do all broadcasters.

“The government is committed to ensuring that the BBC is more impartial, more accessible and more reflective of our country’s range of views.

“This review will build on our recent progress to make the BBC more accountable to those who fund it, increase people’s access to the job opportunities it offers and ensure that it continues to work in the public’s best interest.”

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