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Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 204561, tabled on 8 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the report of the independent review of the BBC's coverage of rural arrairs commissioned by the BBC Trust and published in June 2014, if he will discuss with the BBC Trust the finding of that report that BBC coverage does not fully reflect the economic and social concerns of people who live in the countryside.

Answered on

15 July 2014

There are no plans to discuss the findings of the Impartiality Review on the BBC's coverage of rural areas in the UK. The BBC is operationally, editorially and managerially independent and it is for the BBC Trust to comment on and manage programme matters.