BBC Charter

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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom
Motto "Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation"
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The current BBC Royal Charter, held at the BBC Written Archives Centre

The BBC Charter established the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). An accompanying Agreement recognises its editorial independence and sets out its public obligations in detail. Each Charter has run for ten years.

The most recent Charter was granted to the BBC on 19 September 2006. It took full effect from 1 January 2007 and runs until 31 December 2016[1]

A number of important changes were made in the latest Charter to the Corporation's management and purpose:

  • Abolition of the Board of Governors, and their replacement by the BBC Trust.
  • A redefinition of the BBC's "public services" (which are considered its prime function):
    • Sustaining citizenship and civil society;
    • Promoting education and learning;
    • Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence;
    • Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities;
    • Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK;
    • Helping to deliver to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services, and taking a leading role in the switchover to digital television.
  • The BBC must display at least one of the following characteristics in all content: high quality, originality, innovation, to be challenging and to be engaging.
  • The BBC must demonstrate that it provides public value in all of its major activities.


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