BBC Charter Review

Thank you for contacting me about the BBC and the Charter Review period.
I believe the BBC is one of the nation's most important institutions.  It has tremendous brand recognition internationally as a maker of quality content. Government has to my mind a duty to foster this success but must also be mindful of the amount of money the public spend to maintain it and support BBC content and services.   Ten years ago, the last time the Government ran a Charter Review, the media landscape looked very different. The BBC has adapted to this changing landscape, and continues to be well loved by audiences.
However, we need to ask some hard questions during this Charter Review. This should include what the BBC should be trying to achieve in an age where consumer choice is now far more extensive than it has been, what its scale and scope should be in the light of those aims, how far it affects others in television, radio and online and what the right structures are for its governance and regulation. Today, for example, 62 per cent of all programmes accessed online are watched using the BBC's iPlayer, a significant change from a decade ago.
The BBC is a national institution, paid for by the public. It will have spent more than £30 billion of public money over the current Charter period. The Government recently set out a consultation which marks the start of the Charter Review process and I firmly believe that everyone must be able to have their say on how well they think that money is spent. That is why I am pleased 190,000 responses were received to the consultation, which has now closed, and I look forward to the Government's response.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.