I have always believed the BBC has been a crucial institution which has been part of the fabric of everyday British life for almost a century, and continues to play a major role across a range of different platforms. Whether it’s television, radio or the internet – the BBC has been a consistent, familiar source of information and content for the country, and is respected and revered around the world.
I believe it's crucial we continue to evaluate the role public institutions, like the BBC, continue to have in an ever-changing world and the digital era. It goes without saying the way audiences consume content has shifted dramatically in recent years. With more and more platforms and content channels evolving and emerging, my colleagues believe the time has come to think carefully about how the BBC, and indeed public service broadcasting more generally, can stay relevant in the years ahead. I think this a sensible step to take.
An expert panel has been appointed to advise on the future of public service broadcasting. I have been assured this panel will be asking important questions about the role these broadcasters will play in the digital age. This is crucial given how central public sector broadcasters are to our entire creative ecosystem.
Please be assured I will be following developments on this matter closely. The BBC is a vital part of modern British society and culture, so I hope this panel can help adjudge how we can best support the BBC and ensure it continues to remain the heartbeat of British media.