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At a glance: BBC annual report 2007/8

The BBC's annual report has been published for the financial year 2007/8. Here are some key points from the review, conducted by the BBC's management and its regulator, the BBC Trust.


Jonathan Ross
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross was praised as outstanding entertainment

BBC management says: An outstanding year with distinctive dramas including Cranford, The Passion, and Ashes to Ashes.

There was also outstanding comedy and entertainment in programmes such as Have I Got News For You, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing.

The channel also produced a number of high-impact current affairs specials, but will continue to build a portfolio of factual and science programmes in the coming year.

BBC Trust says: Pleased that since October 2007 levels of trust and approval for BBC One have improved and by March 2008 had reached similar levels to April 2007.

Pleased that BBC One's overall audience has remained steady, however younger audiences have continued to decline by around 1.5%.

Channel must avoid the risk of becoming stale by providing high quality, creative, fresh entertainment and drama and not rely on established titles.


BBC management: BBC Two had a great year across all genres of programming, which helped increase the overall reach especially amongst younger audiences.

Although new comedies Roman's Empire and The Life and Times of Vivien Vyle did not capture the audience's imagination, there will still be a commitment to developing new shows.

BBC Trust: BBC Two must maintain its appeal to audiences while meeting its commitment to provide programmes of depth and substance.

We have approved in principle a proposal for BBC Two to build a closer relationship with BBC Four to bring high-quality material to a wider audience.


Gavin & Stacey
Gavin & Stacey helped boost BBC Three comedy

BBC management: It was a strong year for comedy, especially for Gavin and Stacey and The Mighty Boosh.

Current affairs grew in strength over the year and BBC Three regularly has the highest share of any non-terrestrial channel during transmission hours.

BBC Trust: BBC Three has developed a strong reputation for original comedy and factual programmes, but the number of viewers at the seven o'clock slot causes concern.

Following debate last year over programme titles, there was agreement using 'shock' titles could actually limit the number of people watching the channel in the longer term.


BBC management: There have been successful broad offerings in music, science and factual programming this year including Soul Britannia and Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives.

Experiments with themed nights and seasons were also successful.

BBC Trust: BBC Four performs strongly with audiences as providing output that is 'original and different' and is 'a place to learn'.

It is hoped a closed relationship with BBC Two will help build awareness and extend the reach of BBC Four programmes.


BBC management: Biggest success story of the year was In the Night Garden for CBeebies.

CBBC is now almost the only source of new UK originated content for 6-12 year olds in news, factual, drama and entertainment, but weekends are still challenging with strong competition from other broadcasters, but is still a great place to showcase new talent.

BBC Trust: CBeebies is regarded the best pre-school channel in terms of audience, but CBBC faces toughter competition from more than 20 commercial channels.

RADIOS 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 LIVE

Comedy Dave, Chris Moyles and Sir Paul McCartney
Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles helped increase the station's reach

BBC management: Radio 1's reach topped 11 million in the quarter from January-March for the first time in over six years, helped by Chris Moyles and there is a new focus on fewer, bigger, better ideas.

Weekday daytime programmes continue to perform well on Radio 2 as well as live music.

Music recorded at concerts now accounts for over 55% of Radio 3's output and Radio 4 continued its reputation for the quality and range of its journalism.

BBC Trust: Radio 1 reach and share has grown in the past year, however Radio 2, 3 and 5 Live's reach have fallen slightly.

Radio 4 attracts the highest average listening hours of any BBC station - just under 13 hours a week.


BBC management: The BBC provides the most watched, listened to and used news service in the UK marked by coverage of the Northern Rock crisis, bomb attacks on London and Glasgow and the violence in Tibet.

BBC Trust: We welcome the introduction of an eight o'clock bulletin as an innovative way to reach audiences, but there is a need to balance the response to strong public interest in big crime stories with the duty to cover a range of other topics.


BBC management: The iPlayer outperformed all expectations with successes coming from all genres of programming - the most streamed show in was an episode of BBC One's The Apprentice.

We aim to further develop the iPlayer by making it available to Apple Mac and Linux users.

BBC Trust: Reach for grew over the year which is encouraging given the increasing competition.

The iPlayer appears to be on target to meet usage forecasts, however the number of requests by users made would have been unlikely without the introduction of streaming, which outstrips downloads by eight to one.

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