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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 June, 2004, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
At-a-glance: BBC charter manifesto
The BBC has set out its vision for the future as it seeks a renewal of its royal charter.

Director general Mark Thompson and chairman Michael Grade launched the BBC's charter review paper on Tuesday.

Here is an outline of its main points:

BBC REGULATION

  • A reformed board of governors, independent of BBC management and open to scrutiny.

  • Programmes and BBC services to pass a "public value test" before approval is given. Tests to include reach, quality, impact and value for money.

  • Governors to hold BBC managers to account for programmes and services that fail value test.

  • Making complaining to the BBC easier and faster. A more open attitude and active right to reply.

    DIGITAL BRITAIN

  • Improving public access to the BBC's digital services and encouraging more active and interactive participation.

  • Opening up creative archive, with access to content "treasure trove". More open centres and learning buses.

  • Switchover from analogue to digital services by 2012.

  • A halt to any further digital expansion.

    A BBC FOR ALL THE UK

  • Moving more BBC staff out of London and into the regions to better serve its national audience.

  • A new regional centre in Milton Keynes, and 1bn spent outside London over 10 years.

  • Supporting civic life and national debate through news and information. Strengthening journalism, restoring current affairs to TV. Ultra local news services for up to 60 British cities.

    BUILDING PUBLIC VALUE

  • Making "original, risky, inventive, imaginative" programmes in drama, comedy, entertainment and sport. More interactive events such as the Big Read.

  • Launch of a digital curriculum for schools and enhanced learning opportunities on BBC online.

  • A vigorous campaign to keep the licence fee. Looking at ways to make it more affordable for the poorer.

  • Find the best new talent and defy standard programme categories.

  • More investment in BBC Four and give culture a more prominent place on BBC One and BBC Two - committed to our role on all platforms as a cultural patron.


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