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BBC: Ownership

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 59707, tabled on 16 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of relinquishing Government ownership of the BBC to licence fee payers.

Answered on

23 June 2020

The Royal Charter is the constitutional basis of the BBC which guarantees the BBC’s independence and provides the framework for how the BBC is governed and funded. The Royal Charter was renewed in 2017 for 11 years and the Government has no plans to review it before the next Charter Review, which is due to take place ahead of 2027.