Monday, May 25, 2009
A man of Trust ( the BBC's anyway)
About 2 years ago Sir Michael Lyons took over as the Chairman of the BBC trust the new body formed to keep a watch over the BBC on behalf of the licence payer, last week at an RTS early evening function he shared his thoughts on the BBC and the trust.
Looking a bit like Barry from Eggheads Sir Michael started his lecture with6 points which he considered as the prime commitments that the trust should be concerned with:
1) Standards - The trust should maintain the highest editorial standards and keep a political balance.
2) The BBC should serve all audiences and try to avoid a metropolitan bias. It should be concerned with all the faiths of its audiences and those of none.
3) The BBC should be a leader in terms of content providing what the market failed to deliver, its content should be distinctive- Sir Michael cited The Long March to Finchley as an example. It should continue to provide a technical lead with such innovations as the iplayer.
4) The BBC should do all it can to support UK PSB, it has no desire for a monopoly and wants to help with joint ventures - Sir Michael spoke of the possible CH4/ BBC Worldwide partnership, the work with ITV regional News and its project canvas co-operation with BT.
5) The BBC should give value for money with a rigorous stewardship of public funds and continuing improvements in its efficiency.
6) The BBC trust must ensure that the BBC remains independent and untainted by commercial influence.
Although somewhat less than charismatic Sir Micheal gave the impression of being the right man to chair the Trust.