[19 Oct 2015] CILIP has announced a response to the BBC Charter Review public consultation - the current Royal Charter, the constitutional basis of the BBC, expires at the end of 2016 and CILIP, along with over 80,000 other individuals and organisations responded to the public consultation paper which is seeking to engage the UK in a “dialogue about the future of the BBC”.
The library, information and knowledge community have two especial interests in the BBC:
- Its role as a disseminator of knowledge and information and
- The immense riches of content used by library and information services of all types.
The response notes that the BBC’s public purposes still hold good and believe that many aspects of the public purposes could not be provided so effectively through reliance on the market. We recommend adding “enriching national heritage” as a further public purpose and call for Diversity and Partnership to be added as BBC values.