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BBC governance

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

How the BBC operates.

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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

Contact

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: trust.enquiries@bbc.co.uk Telephone: 03700 103 100

What DCMS do

We:

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

Further information

Published 28 January 2013