BBC invites critiques from Sky and ITV

Cuts to services at the BBC appear to be inevitable, says outgoing BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons.

In the Trust’s latest strategy review, Lyons also revealed that commercial rivals, including Sky and ITV, would have the right to formally comment on the performance of the BBC, which aims to deliver “high quality and distinctive” content.

The review “sets out a vision for a more open and collaborative BBC” in which Lyons will create a “formal programme to canvass the industry about how the BBC has performed over the year,” with Sky and ITV’s remarks published in each annual report.

On cuts to the Corporation, Lyons said: “The notion that we can look for a 16 per cent budget reduction and sail on as we are is inconceivable. You can’t rule out service changes and indeed service reductions.”

The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh branded the 13-page review, which took 18 months to produce, “a waste of time and money”.

He said the Trust wants to publish the names of Beeb stars earning over £5m a year, but – now that Jonathan Ross has left – there are none.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 265 of Media Digest.

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