Our response to the BBC White Paper

May 09, 2016

Creative Industries Federation broadly welcomes outcome of BBC White Paper
The Creative Industries Federation broadly welcomes the outcome of today’s government White Paper on the future of the BBC. While there are important specific issues still to resolve, the Federation sees the potential for a more stable and ambitious future for the BBC, which will benefit not just the Corporation itself but also the UK’s broader creative sector.

The Federation notes that the BBC’s role and obligations at the heart of the UK’s creative industries have been expressly recognised for the first time. The BBC is a huge contributor to the success of the UK’s arts and creative industries, investing £2.2bn in the sector in 2013/2014.

This theme was at the heart of three events conducted by the Federation in autumn 2015 in Salford, Birmingham and London, at which Lord Hall, Director General, and Rona Fairhead, Chair of the BBC Trust, had the opportunity to hear the views of the broadest cross section of Britain’s creative sector. The views of our members gathered at these events formed the basis of our submission to the Government’s Green Paper.

Among the many related announcements in the White Paper, the Federation broadly welcomes the funding settlement for the BBC, the enhanced commitment to diversity, the requirement better to reflect all the nations and regions, and the agreement to an 11-year Charter, which gives the BBC and its partners the long-term stability they need to meet future challenges.

The Federation, alongside other partners, is concerned about some aspects of proposed appointments to the new unitary Board. We will continue to keep a watching brief on developments in coming months.
John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “The BBC is the largest investor in culture in the UK and has an important role in training the next generation; we are pleased therefore that the White Paper preserves and underpins the BBC’s role in ensuring that the UK’s arts and creative industries continue to flourish at home and abroad.”

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