The BBC is at ‘a crossroads’, the director general will say in his speech
A BBC “reduced in impact and reach” will leave Britain “diminished”, the BBC’s director general will warn later.
In a speech at New Broadcasting House in London, Tony Hall will say “a sleep-walk into decay for the BBC” would mean “a UK dominated by global gatekeepers and American tastemakers”.
He will say “a strong BBC” would “bind the country together at home” and be “a British creative beacon to the world”.
His speech comes amid renewed calls for a change to the licence fee.
In a report published last week, the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee said the TV licence is “becoming harder… to justify” and suggested every household could pay a new compulsory levy instead.
“We’ve always said that the licence fee should be updated to reflect changing times,” Lord Hall will say in his speech. “Adapting the licence fee for the internet age… is vital.
“I believe we need and we will need what the licence fee – in whatever form – makes happen more than ever.”
In his speech, Lord Hall will also set out a vision for the corporation which he says will let the “audience become schedulers”.
He will say: “This is the start of a real transformation – the MyBBC revolution.”
Using viewers’ personal data, he will suggest, will enable the corporation to guide them “to the best of the BBC’s content” and to “reinvent public service broadcasting through data”.
He will go on: “But we will always be doing it the BBC way. Not telling you what customers like you bought, but what citizens like you would love to watch and need to know.”
In a message to BBC staff, Lord Hall said his …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment