The UK government has officially launched a mid-term charter review on the BBC, focusing on whether the corporation represents people from working class backgrounds.
With a five-year review of the BBC’s 10-year charter, Culture Secretary Nadine Doris has issued a legal obligation to the organization to reflect under-represented voices and promote greater diversity of opinion, with 25% of staff targeted. Coming from low socio-economic backgrounds and 1,000 apprentice deliveries in three years.
Other updates include the goal of spending 50% of the BBC’s overall program budget on TV shows outside London by 2027, which it has already achieved.
The move marks the first time in 12 years that the BBC’s framework agreement has been updated within the charter period and the first update since the current charter began in 2017.
The review will also look at how the BBC adheres to its market influence in editorial standards, staff diversity and other industries, especially commercial clothing from BBC studios.
Doris said: “This review is based on our recent progress to make the BBC more accountable to those who fund it, to equalize public access to the job opportunities it offers and to ensure that it continues to work in the best interests of the people.”
Doris is also launching a review of the BBC’s future funding model in July, with license fees likely to be phased out by 2027.
The BBC’s Tim Dewey and Richard Sharp indicated earlier this week that they were “free-spirited” about the future of Fee as long as the corporation continues to pay for its audience.