Date & time: Friday, 13 November 2015, 12:30 – 16:00

Venue: The BOX, 5th Floor, LSE Tower 3, Clements Inn, Strand, London WC2A 2AZ

The Media Policy Project organised a workshop focussing on the current challenges for reform of BBC governance, including an examination of different international models of public service media governance.

The speakers were: Dr Helen Weeds, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Essex; Professor Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor London Business School and Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Department of Media and Communications (January 2015 to December 2015); and Dr. Corinne Schweizer, Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, LSE and University of Zurich.

The speakers addressed the questions in the Government consultation that relate specifically to BBC governance:

  • How should the current model of governance and regulation for the BBC be reformed?
  • How should Public Value Tests and Service Licences be reformed and who should have the responsibility for making these decisions?
  • How could the BBC improve engagement with licence fee payers and the industry, including through research, transparency and complaints handling?

The invitation-only workshop was the first of a series of workshops being organised by the Media Policy Project as part of a grant for knowledge exchange as part of the Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) project at LSE.

The workshop was held under the Chatham House rule. A summary is available here.

The following blogs linked to the event were published by the Media Policy Project:

The future of the BBC: the BBC as market shaper and creator – by Mariana Mazzucato
BBC governance: is a new settlement possible? – by Damian Tambini
There’s no public benefit in BBC programmes being ‘distinctive’ – by Patrick Barwise
Can the new Charter protect BBC independence? – by Damian Tambini