BBC director general Tony Hall concerned about government influence over broadcaster

Following the government's long-anticipated white paper on the future of the BBC, the broadcaster's director general Tony Hall has voiced "honest disagreement" with some of the proposed measures.

The chief has expressed fears over the fact that the Downing Street will be able to appoint six members of the BBC's new executive board, something the corporation said represents a potential threat to its independence.

The new board is to replace the BBC Trust to govern the broadcater's day-to-day matters and will have between 12 and 14 members. The chair, deputy chair, and four others will be selected by the UK government to represent the nations and regions.

“We have an honest disagreement with the government on this,” said Hall Following%20the%20government's%20long-anticipated%20white paper on the future of the BBC, the broadcaster's director general Tony Hall has voiced "honest disagreement" with some of the proposed measures.

The chief has voiced fears over the fact that the Downing Street will be able to appoint six members of the BBC's new executive board, something the corporation said represents a potential threat to its independence.

The new board is to replace the BBC Trust to govern the broadcater's day-to-day matters and will have between 12 and 14 members. The chair, deputy chair, and four others will be selected by the UK government to represent the nations and regions.

“We have an honest disagreement with the government on this,” asserted Hall speaking on the BBC.

“I do not believe the appointments proposal for the new unitary board are yet right. We will continue to make the case to government. It is vital for the future of the BBC that its independence is fully preserved," he added.

Hall was said he was "broadly happy" with the white paper on the Charter, stating that it "delivers a mandate for the strong, creative BBC the public believe in."

The white paper unveiled the organisation's new mission statment, and outlined plans for the licence fee, its BBC Studios division and more. A full break down of the government's proposals can be found here.

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“I do not believe the appointments proposal for the new unitary board are yet right. We will continue to make the case to government. It is vital for the future of the BBC that its independence is fully preserved," he added.

Hall was said he was "broadly happy" with the white paper on the Charter, stating that it "delivers a mandate for the strong, creative BBC the public believe in."

The document unveiled the organisation's new mission statement and outlined plans for the licence fee, its BBC Studios division and more. A full break down of the government's proposals can be found here.

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