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Government appoints experts from Yahoo, Shazam, Johnston Press & more to advise on BBC Charter Review


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

July 12, 2015 | 2 min read

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has published the list of industry leaders set to advise the government to administrate the BBC Charter Review process which will shape the state funded corporation for years to come.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale

The independent advisory group was appointed to help the government deliver a “transparent, open and democratic Charter Review”.

Dawn Airey, senior vice president of Yahoo’s business EMEA and former chairman and chief executive of Channel 5, Dame Colette Bowe, chairman of the Banking Standards Board and former Chair of Ofcom, Andrew Fisher, executive chairman at Shazam, Darren Henley OBE, chief executive of Arts Council England and former Managing Director of Classic FM will all feature on the board.

They will be accompanied by Ashley Highfield, chief exectutive of Johnston Press, Alex Mahon, former chief executive of Shine Group, Lopa Patel MBE - digital entrepreneur and foundera/CEO of and Diversity UK and Stewart Purvis CBE - British broadcaster and former editor-in-chief and chief executive of ITN.

Minister John Whittingdale, said: “Each member of the independent advisory group brings individual skills, experience and expertise. Together they will contribute to the oversight of the government’s review of the BBC Royal Charter. I look forward to working with them on this important issue.”

Members were appointed in a voluntary capacity and will meet up to six times a year.

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