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At-a-glance: BBC Annual Report
The BBC's annual report sees its board of governors assess how each of the corporation's services has performed over the past year.

This year's report saw them praise BBC One for improving its Saturday night programming, but they also called on the flagship TV network to cut back on the number of repeats broadcast in prime time.

Here, in brief, was what the governors reported about each of the BBC's UK networks.


  • The BBC's flagship television service continues to reach more viewers than any other TV channel.

  • Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who helped reinvigorate its Saturday night schedule.

  • Viewers still rate BBC One as the best channel for drama and news, while the Athens Olympics were seen as the year's major sporting success.

  • One objective for 2005/2006 is to ensure fewer makeover and lifestyle programmes, and fewer repeats during peak time.


  • Funding was shifted away from entertainment and lifestyle programmes on BBC Two, with the volume of arts and current affairs programmes increased in peak time.

  • Audiences have fallen from 37 million viewers per week in 2003/2004 to 34 million in 2004/2005. The channel's loss of The Simpsons was partly blamed for this.

  • The launch of topical arts magazine The Culture Show last November was hailed as one of the most significant developments on BBC Two.

  • Jerry Springer The Opera proved its most controversial broadcast in 2004/2005.


  • BBC Three audiences are increasing - up 1.5 million on 2003/2004 to 5.6 million people per week in 2004/2005 - as the number of homes receiving digital television rises.

  • Audience research found BBC Three was "best for British comedy" thanks to successes like Little Britain, The Smoking room and Nighty Night.

  • More than 17,000 people entered talent initiative End of Story, in which viewers were asked to complete stories begun by eight established authors.

  • But the future role of news on BBC Three is to be reviewed after the 1900 bulletin failed to attract and maintain its target audience.


  • Audiences to BBC Four are rising from 1.2 million per week in 2003/2004 to 1.8 million in 2004/2005.

  • Its schedule is unashamedly literate, intelligent and demanding.

  • Examples of distinctive output included History of Disbelief, In Praise of Hardcore and Light Fantastic.

  • The report acknowledged that the channel needed a more welcoming tone, but that this should not be achieved with programmes that have more mainstream appeal.

    BBC NEWS 24

  • The governors were encouraged by News 24's increase in audience reach and improvements made since its relaunch in 2003.

  • The station had notable success in the way it responded to the Asian tsunami.

  • Themed days effectively brought extended depth and analysis to important subjects.

  • But better co-operation is needed between News 24 and BBC Nations and Regions.


  • Audiences to both channels are rising - 2.1 million for CBBC and 3.4 million for CBeebies, compared to 1.4 million and 2.9 million respectively in 2003/2004.

  • Shows like CBBC's Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow may not be to adult tastes but are demonstrably in tune with the channel's audience.

    RADIO 1

  • Audiences appear to have stabilised after a period of decline, while no competitor can match the station's commitment to live music.

  • But the BBC must ensure that its distinctiveness does not diminish over time.

    RADIO 2

  • Radio 2 remains the UK's most listened-to radio station thanks to its stable of familiar and highly regarded presenters.

  • But the governors have noted concerns raised that its success has been achieved at the expense of commercial radio.

    RADIO 3

  • Radio 3 has lost around 200,000 listeners, but the distinctiveness of its output is unarguable.

  • Some listeners have requested more classical music, but the board felt that the current schedule offered an appropriate balance of musical genres.

    RADIO 4

  • Listeners have dipped slightly - by around 200,000 on 2003/2004 - but audience loyalty remains high.

  • Journalism continues to provide the station's spine, while comedy and arts coverage were particular strengths.


  • Five Live saw its audiences rise slightly and was commended for bringing a new and younger audience to news through sport.

  • Its sister station delivered extra value to licence fee payers from existing BBC sports rights.


  • The station continues to build a following among a young audience that had previously felt it received nothing from the BBC.

  • But more must be done to improve the quality of its speech programming.

    6 MUSIC

  • 6 Music continues to innovate - for example, by inviting the Manic Street Preachers to curate the station for a week.

  • The station is committed to more than 550 hours of rebroadcast and newly-commissioned documentaries and essays in 2005/2006.

    BBC 7

  • The station has exploited the resources of the BBC speech archive to create a service that complements Radio 4.

  • But the governors accept BBC7 may have had an impact on its nearest commercial competitor, Oneword.


  • Daily soap Silver Street is an important resource for new writing, production and acting talent.

  • The challenge ahead is to develop the network's editorial ambition.


  • bbc.co.uk is the UK's largest content-based website and has continued to show strong growth.

  • Some BBC sites were closed down in line with recommendations made in the Graf report.

  • More work will be done to improve access for people with disabilities.


  • The enhanced interactive service has had some notable successes - during the Olympics, for example.

  • But the Ten O'Clock News' interactive service did not deliver acceptable audience reach and was withdrawn.

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