An independent panel to help with the BBC charter review has been appointed by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.
Ms Jowell is leading the charter review process
The BBC's Royal Charter, due to expire at the end of 2006, sets out its aims, objectives and functions and the process comes at a critical time.
The BBC has been criticised over the Hutton Report into the death of David Kelly and over its digital services.
The panel will include Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey and former Channel 4 executive Tim Gardam.
Also on the panel are Alan Budd, former chief economic adviser to the Treasury, and Howard Davies, former chairman and chief executive of the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
They will be joined by Janet Finch, vice-chancellor at Keele University, and Alice Rawsthorn, director of the Design Museum and former Financial Times journalist.
The appointment of the panel was overseen by Terry Burns, Ms Jowell's independent adviser on the review of the charter.