Government response

BBC governance

How the BBC operates.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The BBC is an independent body governed by the Royal Charter. The Royal Charter is the constitutional basis for the BBC. It:

  • sets out the public purposes of the BBC
  • guarantees its independence
  • outlines the duties of the Trust and the Executive Board.

Under the terms of the BBC’s Charter and Agreement:

  • the BBC is operationally and editorially independent of government
  • there is no provision for the government to intervene in the Corporation’s day-to-day operations
  • the BBC is accountable to the licence fee payer through the BBC Trust


You can contact the BBC Trust directly with any concerns about the BBC:

The BBC Trust Unit
180 Great Portland Street
London W1W 5QZ

Email: Telephone: 03700 103 100

What DCMS do


  • are responsible for broadcasting policy and the UK’s broadcasting framework.

Further information

Published 28 January 2013