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Broadcasting: Mostly Blue (little risk of material disruption)

The BBC has been rated 100% Blue by the independent assessors, KPMG.

The assessment indicated that there would be no material disruption across BBC services caused by the Millennium Bug. The detailed evaluation covered all areas of the BBC including those which are not funded by the licence fee; BBC World Service, BBC Worldwide Ltd. and BBC Resources.

Other broadcasters are not covered by the Action 2000 initiative, but are believed to be in a similar position as all the major players have been working together. Such co-operation is needed in the industry anyway for programmes such as the Millennium Event - a 27-hour, 58-nation broadcast over the New Year.

The BBC's Year 2000 Project director acts as spokesperson for the broadcasting industry at Action 2000's National Infrastructure Forum.

Independent local radio stations are also being monitored as they would provide key public information in the event of major disruption. The Radio Authority reported to Action 2000 in July it was confident that none of the main local stations would be adversely affected.

The BBC has a special team dealing with Y2K and has a leaflet available for members of the public. It can be obtained from:

BBC Year 2000 Project
Communications Team
BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
W12 0TT

The Action 2000 traffic light codes:

Blue: The assessment has not identified any risks of material disruption to the infrastructure process.

Amber: The assessment indicates that there is some risk of material disruption to infrastructure processes, but that there is an agreed containment plan to rectify shortcomings.

Red: The assessment indicates that there is a severe risk of material disruption to infrastructure processes and that timely rectification might not be possible.

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