BBC consultation at Playhouse

The BBC Trust has launched a public consultation after reviewing a set of proposals from BBC management for changes to the services the BBC provides and the way it operates.

The proposals aim to set the course for the BBC to the end of its current Charter in 2016, based on a new programme of efficiencies and a clearer focus on the BBC’s editorial priorities. Together, this will mean savings of around £670m a year by 2016/17.

The proposals follow the licence fee settlement agreed with the Government in October 2010, which sees the licence fee frozen to 2017, and the BBC assuming new funding responsibilities, including for the World Service, S4C, BBC Monitoring and local TV and broadband.

They also follow a review last year of the future strategy for the BBC, which culminated in Trust approval for four new strategic priorities for the corporation – distinctiveness, value for money, serving all audiences and openness and transparency. The proposals have been shaped by these priorities.

The BBC Audience Council for Northern Ireland represents the interests of audiences in Northern Ireland to the BBC Trust - the governing body of the BBC - to help ensure that local audiences’ needs and expectations are at the heart of BBC decision-making.

The Council wants to get input from audiences in the Derry area to help inform the consultation, and invites audiences to join them in an informal discussion about BBC services – TV, Radio and Online - at The Playhouse Theatre, Artillery Street, on 20 October 2011, 4.15pm – 5.45 pm.

The Council is particularly keen to understand what quality and value for money services mean to audiences and welcomes the views of occasional or regular listeners and viewers, whether speaking as an individual or on behalf of a particular group or interest.

To register a place at this event, or find out more about the Audience Council or other ways to share your views, telephone 028 9033 8856 (textphone 028 9033 8100), email audiencecouncil.ni@bbc.co.uk or visit bbc.co.uk/acni