BBC Trust ‘never made sense’

Former BBC chairman Sir Christopher Bland has heaped criticism on the underfire BBC Trust.

“The structure of the BBC Trust has never made sense. It was wrong when it was set up,” said Bland.

Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons is stepping down in April, apparently jumping before he was pushed by culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The Trust came about in the wake of the Dr Kelly scandal. As part of the BBC’s 10-year Royal charter, it will continue in its present form until 2016.

“The problem is the BBC charter has another six years to run. That’s a challenge for the trust, operating a structure no one now has confidence in,” Bland said. “I don’t see any obvious route out of it. The system is undermined.

“As for who will be the next Trust chairman, who would want the job? It wasn’t great when Sir Michael took over, and it has become a whole lot worse.” (Source: MediaGuardian)




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