The third oral evidence session in the debate over the future of the BBC was held on 25 February in UK’s Parliament in preparation for the review of its Royal Charter. The inquiry aims to review all aspects of the BBC, including its purpose, scale, and funding and government arrangements beyond the current Charter, which will end in December 2016.

The third evidence session is dedicated to hearing evidence from witnesses representing the commercial radio sector and local/regional media organisations. Members of the Committee of Culture, Media and Sport will look at the BBC in relation to these sectors and consider the witnesses’ views of how the BBC should appear and function.

The witnesses included:  Travis Baxter, Director of Content and External Affair at Bauer Radio; Will Harding, Group Director of Strategy at Global Radio; Kip Meek, Board Member at RadioCentre; Ian Murray, President of the Society of Editors and editor of the Southern Daily Echo; Adrian Jeakings, CEO Archant; and Newspaper Society President Geraldine Allinson, Chairman of KM Group

The session can be viewed at:

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=14947