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BBC: Public Service Broadcasting

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the BBC Trust about the relative costs to licence fee payers of (a) BBC Radio 6, (b) BBC Asian Network, (c) BBC Radio 3 (television); and what assessment they have made of the contribution each station or channel makes to the BBC's public service broadcasting responsibilities. [HL3126]

Neither I nor the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has discussed these matters with the BBC Trust.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport met the Director-General of the BBC on 8 March, at which the director-general gave him a brief summary of the BBC's strategy review, which had been published on 2 March.

The Government have made no assessment of the kind suggested by my noble friend. The BBC Trust is now conducting a public consultation on the BBC's proposed strategy. Under the terms of the Royal Charter, the BBC Trust is responsible for securing the effective promotion of the BBC's public purposes and for holding the executive board to account for its performance in delivering the corporation's services and activities.