A Fine Job on Change at BBC -- but What about Protecting Informers? Media Analysis

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A Fine Job on Change at BBC -- but What about Protecting Informers? Media Analysis


Byline: Roy Greenslade

RARELY, if ever, have I read a report about the BBC and found myself nodding in agreement throughout. But Sir David Clementi's twin recommendations about a fundamental reform of both the governance of the corporation and its regulation make a great deal of sense.

His report, which is part of the Government's review of the BBC's Royal Charter, calls for an end to the corporation's self-regulation, which has lasted for the entire 94 years of its existence.

The problem, often explored and always ignored, is that the BBC was governed and regulated by the same body. Until 2007, it was the board of governors. Since then, it has been the BBC Trust. Different titles did not make any difference to the uncomfortable conflation of responsibilities.

How could the public have confidence in a body that was sometimes a cheerleader and/or defence witness on behalf of the BBC while also being its regulator and/or prosecutor? I know that the Trust has acted with sincerity when investigating complaints, and I can recall instances where BBC producers and journalists have been upset by its decisions. Even so, it was bound to be compromised by its perceived lack of independence when it failed to uphold complaints against the corporation.

There will be objections to Clementi's suggestion that Ofcom, the communications watchdog, should handle the regulatory function in future. But it makes sense to have a single broadcasting regulator. To create a special BBC-only body will lead yet again to claims that it lacks the necessary sense of distance from the organisation it is regulating.

Ofcom chief executive Sharon White (pictured) has previously welcomed the idea of assuming responsibility for the task. To do so, however, she will surely demand a larger Government subvention because Ofcom, despite its size, does not have sufficient staff to deal with the 250,000 complaints received by the BBC each year. …

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