In an open letter to license fee payers today, Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, explains the efforts the Trust is taking to ensure the BBC is operating in a way that is acceptable to those paying for it. In his letter, Lyons says the Trust has ordered a review of the BBC which will consider if the BBC is the right size and operating within the right boundaries, how it can support the wider industry and UK economy, how it can provide fresh programs the audience wants, and what its role should be in the digital world. The review comes in response to arguments that the Beeb should scale back and that its license fee should be shared with other commercial broadcasters. In a survey carried out for the Trust by Ipsos MORI, Lyons says around half of respondents would prefer the license fee be lowered by £5.50 rather than sharing it with other channels. ‘We want a BBC that is smarter, more efficient and no bigger than it needs to be,’ says Lyons in the letter. Click here to read the full letter.
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