BBC Charter Review

The Government is currently consulting about its Green Paper on the BBC Charter Review. This Charter Review signals the most serious challenge to the purposes and funding of the BBC in a generation. Whatever your views on the future funding, scope and purpose of the BBC, as teachers and researchers in the field we encourage you to make sure your concerns are heard. The Consultation ends on 8th October 2015.

MeCCSA has made the following submissions:

  • DCMS BBC Public Consultation Response (PDF, 0.5Mb)
  • Lords Select Committee (PDF, 0.15Mb)
  • Commons Select Committee (PDF, 0.23Mb)

MeCCSA also submitted the below letter (PDF, 0.02Mb), addressed to John Whittingdale, along with the MeCCSA response to the DCMS consultation. Whilst the letter has been formally submitted, we would like as many signatories as possible – please consider adding your own below.

Dear John Whittingdale,

As teachers and researchers in media and journalism, we are surprised and concerned that the terms of the consultation based on the government’s Green Paper on BBC Charter Review are so skewed; they are so preoccupied with an assumed negative impact of the BBC on the commercial media market that they ignore the considerable evidence of the BBC’s enormous contribution to the UK’s creative industries and to society more generally.  The consultation therefore fails to consider the BBC’s remit to serve all audiences, irrespective of background or geography, or to acknowledge the host of evidence about the public use, importance, and impact of the services of the BBC.

We fully understand the complexities involved in assessing the performance of the BBC, and are well aware that it has much work to do in representing diverse perspectives and populations. However, the Green Paper seems determined to repeat (without any empirical justification) those criticisms of the BBC that regularly surface in the Murdoch-owned press and similar newspapers. It also seems to bury any notion that UK citizens might be best served by a content provider that produces both popular and minority programmes and which broadcasts them across a range of platforms.

It is clear that the Green Paper’s real intent is not to secure a future for a well-funded, genuinely independent and innovative public service provider, but to shrink the BBC in the interests of its commercial competitors. We urge the government to ensure that the Review embraces the widest possible range of independent evidence, and not to put at unnecessary risk an institution that remains internationally regarded as a major British achievement.

Yours sincerely,

ProfessorNatalie FentonChair, Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Goldsmiths, University of London
ProfessorPeter GoldingHon. Secretary, MeCCSA
ProfessorTim O’SullivanVice-Chair, MeCCSA
ProfessorKaren RossTreasurer, MeCCSA, Northumberland University
ProfessorMark BanksUniversity of Leicester
ProfessorSteven BarnettUniversity of Westminster
Helen BaehrMeCCSA Executive Committee
DrAnita BiressiUniversity of Roehampton
ProfessorGeorgina BornOxford University
ProfessorKaren BoyleUniversity of Stirling
ProfessorRaymond BoyleUniversity of Glasgow
Lee CadieuxUniversity of Ulster
Joanna CallaghanSussex University
DrCynthia CarterCardiff University
ProfessorRos CowardUniversity of Roehampton
ProfessorJames CurranGoldsmiths, University of London
ProfessorAeron DavisGoldsmiths, University of London
ProfessorJohn DowneyUniversity of Loughborough
ProfessorIvor GaberUniversity of Sussex
ProfessorRosalind GillCity University
DrJaney GordonUniversity of Bedfordshire
ProfessorDes FreedmanGoldsmiths, University of London
DrAgnes GulyasUniversity Kent at Canterbury
ProfessorDavid HendyUniversity of Sussex
ProfessorDavid HesmondhalghUniversity of Leeds
ProfessorMark JancovichUniversity of East Anglia
DrStephen LaxUniversity of Leeds
ProfessorJustin LewisCardiff University
ProfessorSonia LivingstoneLondon School of Economics
ProfessorPeter LuntUniversity of Leicester
ProfessorAngela McRobbieGoldsmiths, University of London
ProfessorMaire Messenger-DaviesUniversity of Ulster
ProfessorHeather NunnUniversity of Roehampton
ProfessorJulian PetleyBrunel University
ProfessorDeborah PhilipsUniversity of Brighton
ProfessorGreg PhiloUniversity of Glasgow
ProfessorAndy PrattCity University
ProfessorRichard SambrookCardiff University
ProfessorJean SeatonUniversity of Westminster
DrEinar ThorsenBournemouth University
ProfessorGarry WhannelUniversity of Bedfordshire
DrMilly WilliamsonBrunel University
ProfessorGillian DoyleGlasgow University
ProfessorJeanette SteemersUniversity of Westminster
ProfessorSue ThornhamUniversity of Sussex
ProfessorNick CouldryLondon School of Economics
DrLina DencikCardiff University
ProfessorSally MuntUniversity of Sussex
DrJared AhmadUniversity of Manchester
DrFiona Thompson York St John University
ProfessorGraham MeikleUniversity of Westminster
DrLaura BasuCardiff University
DrLuke TredinnickLondon Metropolitan University
DrRoger DickinsonUniversity of Leicester
DrHugh MackayThe Open University
DrElizabeth EvansUniversity of Nottingham
DrElke WeissmannEdge Hill University
DrSarita MalikBrunel University London
ProfessorJonathan BignellUniversity of Reading
Professor EmeritusStephen LaceyUniversity of South Wales
ProfessorAndrew ChadwickRoyal Holloway, University of London
DrSophie KnowlesUniversity of the Arts
ProfessorSimeon YatesInstitute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool & Liverpool John Moores University
DrAlison WildeLeeds Beckett University
DrIñaki Garcia-BlancoCardiff University
DrGerard MooreyUniversity of Gloucestershire
DrSally ReardonUniversity of the West of England
DrSally ReardonUniversity of the West of England
ProfessorChristian FuchsUniversity of Westminster
DrJohn RichardsonLoughborough University
MrIan RasmussenUniversity of Chester
DrJessica BainUniversity of Leicester
ProfessorStephen Boyd DavisRoyal College of Art
MsLyn ChampionNottingham Trent University
MrDaniel CoxBournemouth University
DrSimon MillsDe Montfort University
ProfessorPaul CobleyMiddlesex University
Dr Inge Ejbye SørensenUniversity of Glasgow
Teresa FordeUniversity of Derby
MsPatricia HollandBournemouth University
Emeritus ProfessorMartin BarkerAberystwyth University
ProfessorMichael PickeringLoughborough University
Dr Jack NewsingerUniversity of Leicester
DrMargot BuchananUniversity of Stirling
ProfessorJoram ten BrinkUniversity of Westminster
MrWilliam MerrinSwansea University
DrAlison B PowellLondon School of Economics and Political Science
MrCatalin BryllaUniversity of West London
DrDavid WaltonUniversity of Murcia (Spain)
DrJamie MedhurstAberystwyth University
MrMatthew HawkinsCoventry University
DrRuth Sanz SabidoCanterbury Christ Church University
Michael KlontzasUniversity of Huddersfield
ProfessorColin SparksHong Kong Baptist University
DrEva Novrup RedvallUniversity of Copenhagen
DrRoss GarnerCardiff University
Professor Jonathan Dovey University of the West of England, Bristol
DrMandy PowellQueen Margaret University
ProfessorIb BondebjergUniversity of Copenhagen
Lecturer -FilmmakerMarc IsaacsRoyal Holloway University
DrVana GoblotGoldsmiths
Ass. professorAnne Mette ThorhaugeUniversity of Copenhagen
ProfessorJoanna ZylinskaGoldsmiths, University of London
MsCaroline MitchellSenior Lecturer in Radio, University of Sunderland
Professor Robin MansellLondon School of Economics and Political Science
John AitkenUniversity of central Lancashire
DrMarisol SandovalCity University London
DrZoe ThompsonLeeds Beckett University
DrPeter GoodwinUniversity of westminster
Professor Angela PhillipsGoldsmiths, University of London
ProfessorCornel SandvossUniversity of Huddersfield
Dr.Catherine WalshNewcastle University
Dr Mirca MadianouGoldsmiths, University of London
ProfessorMarie GillespieThe Open University
Dr.Jilly Boyce KayDe Montfort University
Associate ProfessorAllen FeldmanNew York University
Ceiren BellGoldsmiths, University of London
Mark DunfordUniversity of Brighton
Dr.Catherine WalshNewcastle University
DrLucy BennettCardiff University
ProfessorHelen WoodUniversity of Leicester
ProfessorPaul GraingeUniversity of Nottingham
DrDaniel JacksonBournemouth University
DrNiki StrangeUniversity of Sussex
DrNicky FalkofUniversity of the Witwatersrand
DrDerek Johnston Queen\'s University Belfast
DrFilippo TrevisanAmerican University, Washington DC
DrKaty ParryUniversity of Leeds
DrJill DanielsUniversity of East London
ProfessorRosie ThomasUniversity of Westminster
DrAnandi RamamurthySheffield Hallam University
DrDavid ButlerUniversity of Manchester
DrMelanie WilliamsUEA
Dr Fiona R. MartinUniversity of Sydney
DrAndy R. BrownBath Spa University
Emeritus ProfessorDavid BuckinghamLoughborough University
DrTom BrownKing\'s College London
Prof.Gregory Ferrell LoweUniversity of Tampere
Professor Maureen McNeilLancaster University
DrCaroline RuddellBrunel University
DrTheodore KoulourisUniversity of Brighton
Dr.Richard WittsEdge Hill University
MrCharles BrownUniversity of Westminster
DrAlessandro D\'ArmaUniversity of Westminster
DrMonika MetykovaUniversity of Sussex
MrStephen ManleyBath Spa University
DrNeil WashbourneLeeds Beckett University
DrSuman GhoshBath Spa University
MrSteve HillUniversity of Westminster
DrMichael LawrenceUniversity of Sussex
DrSarah CardwellUniversity of Kent
DrRebecca FeaseyBath Spa University
MrSteve HillUniversity of Westminster
MrSteve HillUniversity of Westminster
Dr. Mercedes Bunz University of Westminster
MrJohn MaySouthampton Solent University
DrCatherine JohnsonUniversity of Nottingham
DrHugh Ortega BretonUniversity of Leicester
DrPeter Richard PickSussex Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Sussex
Dr Leslie McMurtryKing\'s College London
ProfessorLizzie JacksonLondon South Bank University
DrSteve Presence University of the West of England
ProfessorJohn StreetUniversity of East Anglia
Principal LecturerDeborah VogelUniversity of Westminster
Rowan AustRoyal Holloway
DrLee EdwardsUniversity of Leeds
Rowan AustRoyal Holloway
DrDeirdre O\'NeillBrunel University
Derek MurrayEdge Hill University
ProfessorAnne JerslevUniversity of Copenhagen
MrMark Handscomb Teesside University
Clare HeneyLecturer-filmmaker
DrYan WuSwansea University
Honorary Professorial FellowChristineUniversity of Glasgow
DrKirstie HewlettFreelance
DrSimon CrossNottingham Trent University
DrAlan ApperleyUniversity of Wolverhampton
DrSimon WeaverBrunel University
Jerome KuehlIndependent Scholar
MrPETER SNOWHistorian and broadcaster
MrLyle BignonBirmingham City University
Peter GoddardUniversity of Liverpool
DrNancy ThumimUniversity of Leeds
DrBen TaylorNottingham Trent University
MsMargaret GallagherIndependent researcher
John McGhie Canterbury Christ Church University
DrAndrew M ButlerCanterbury Christ Church University
DrSarah LonsdaleCity University
ProfessorDavid BradshawCanterbury Christ Church University
DrPhil RamseyUniversity of Nottingham Ningbo China
MissDiane NaylorLecturer
MrMarc owen jonesDurham university
MrPaul Stringer University of Leeds
DrAlon LischinskyOxford Brookes University
DrGholam KhiabanyGoldsmiths, University of London
Dr James Rodgers City University London
Bruce HanlinUniversity of Huddersfield
Chris RobertsUniversity of Roehampton, London
DrSian BarberQueen\'s University Belfast
Dr.Wickham ClaytonUniversity for the Creative Arts
DrMorgan DanielsQueen Mary, University of London/Arcadia University, London Center
Mr.Richard SandersNewman University
DrPaul RixonUniversity of Roehampton
Dr.Chris PatersonUniversity of Leeds
DrElisabetta GirelliUniversity of St Andrews
DrMichele PauleOxford Brookes University
DrRichard BergerBournemouth University
DrGamze ToylanUniversity of the Arts London & University of Westminster
MrJames RendellCardiff University
Dr.Andrea EsserUniversity of Roehampton
DrAlex LockwoodUniversity of Sunderland
DrElizabeth PooleKeele University
ProfessorJonathan HardyUniversity of East London
DrKatherine ChampionGlasgow School of Art
Nigel MorrisUniversity of Lincoln
DrJustin SchlosbergBirkbeck, University of London
DrAnna ZoellnerUniversity of Leeds
DrHelen ThornhamUniversity of Leeds
ProfessorGraham MurdockLoughborough University / Goldsmiths College
ProfessorPaul LongBirmingham City University
MrMarc BoswardUniversity of Derby
ProfessorDiane KempBirmingham City University
Dr.Kirsten ForkertBirmingham City University
MrNeil HollinsBirmingham City University
David HarteBirmingham City University
Frances HawkheadBournemouth University
DrInger-Lise Kalviknes BoreBirmingham City University
DrGabriel MorenoNorthumbria University
DrSimon DawesUniversité Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France
DrDavid WoodsNottingham Trent University
Dr John PotterUCL Institute of Education
Jez CollinsBirmingham City University
DrSeth GiddingsUniversity of Southampton
Emeritus ProfessorMica NavaUniversity of East London
DrJon HackettSt Mary\'s University, Twickenham
DrLez CookeRoyal Holloway, University of London
DrJulian Matthews University of Leicester
David HarteBirmingham City University
Toussaint NothiasUniversity of Leeds
ProfessorPaul McDonaldKing\'s College London
DrJohn FarnsworthUniversity of Otago, New Zealand
MrMike Flood PageUniversity of Glasgow
MrSteve DawkinsCoventry University
DrVincent CampbellUniversity of Leicester
ProfessorAndrew Howard SpicerUniversity of the West of England
DrLada Trifonova PriceUniversity of Sheffield
DrKate MurphyBournemouth University
Ms Mandy RoseUniversity of the West of England
DrPeri Bradley Bournemouth University
Tamsyn DentBournemouth University
DrJennifer Smith MaguireUniversity of Leicester
DrMark BouldUWE Bristol
DrPaul SpicerHiroshima Jogakuin University
Dr Benedetta breviniUniversity of Sydney
DrEmma L BriantUniversity of Sheffield
ProfessorKate LaceyUniversity of Sussex
DrJames BennettRoyal Holloway, University of London
DrMichael LawrenceUniversity of Sussex
DrJames ScorerUniversity of Manchester
DrRuth DoughtyLiverpool John Moores University
MsRachel PayneOxford Brookes University
Dr.Steve SpittleLiverpool John Moores University
DrRuth DellerSheffield Hallam University
ProfessorPaul BradshawBirmingham City University
DrLee EdwardsUniversity of Leeds
DrSally Broughton MicovaUniversity of East Anglia
MrRobert LongworthStaffordshire University
DrMaría Lamuedra GravánUniversidad de Sevilla (Spain)
DrRichard HewettUniversity of Salford
Dr Vicky BallDe Montfort University
DrPaul LashmarBrunel University
Alison WildeLeeds Beckett University
DrDeborah JermynUniversity of Roehampton
DrSarah GodfreyUniversity of East Anglia
ProfessorJulia HallamUniversity of Liverpool
DrJonathon HutchinsonUniversity of Sydney
DrJo Sondre MosengLillehammer University College (Norway)
MsWilma de JongUniversity of Sussex
Emerita ProfessorAnn GrayUniversity of Lincoln
DrLynn WhitakerUniversity of Glasgow
Associate ProfessorAn NguyenBournemouth University
MrSam WardUniversity of Nottingham
DrNick WebberBirmingham City University
DrNeil WashbourneLeeds Beckett University
DrCatherine GrantUniversity of Sussex
DrRinella CereSheffield Hallam University
DrCatherine GrantUniversity of Sussex
DrHannah AndrewsEdge Hill University
MrRohit K DasguptaWinchester School of Art, University of Southampton
MrAdam GanzRoyal Holloway University of London
DrFlorian ZollmannLiverpool Hope University
DrFlorian ZollmannLiverpool Hope University
DrMark RimmerUniversity of East Anglia
DrSilke PanseUniversity for the Creative Arts
DrCharlotte CroftsUniversity of the West of England
DrBrett MillsUniversity of East Anglia
DrTom MillsUniversity of Bath
MrsSiobhan StevensonBirmingham City University
Dr.Murat AkserUlster University
Professor David DeaconLoughborough University
Dr.Marcus LeaningUniversity of Winchester
MsDaniele SandersonBirmingham City University
MrAlessandro ColumbanoBirmingham City University
ProfessorChristopher DingleBirmingham Conservatoire/Birmingham City University
DrNick CoxLeeds Beckett University
DrMaria RoviscoUniversity of Leicester
MrStephen ColwellUniversity College London, Institute of Education
ProfessorAngela PhillipsGoldsmiths, University of London
ProfessorSarah KemberGoldsmiths, University of London
MrSteve PayneBirmingham City University
DrAllister MactaggartChesterfield College
DrCaitriona NoonanCardiff University
Professor Rosie Thomas University of Westminster
Ms Louise E P ChapmanBirmingham City University
Dr.David McQueenBournemouth University
MissAnnabel EastBournemouth University
Senior Lecturer Marian Mayer Bourenmouth University
DrJenny AlexanderBournemouth University
Dr.Trevor HearingBournemouth University
MissMegan HenesyBournemouth University
Professor Mark AddisBirmingham City University
ProfessorTony WhytonBirmingham City University
DrKip JonesBournemouth University
Dr Jo CroftLiverpool John Moores University
ProfessorJustin SmithUniversity of Portsmouth
MrJohn BrissendenBournemouth University
DrChrista van RaalteBournemouth University
ProfessorNeal WhiteBournemouth University
DrFrancesco BuscemiBournemouth University
Associate ProfessorMaggie HutchingsBournemouth University
MrSimon McEnnisUniversity of Brighton
Dr. Ann LuceBournemouth University
DrDavid NolanUniversity of Melbourne
DrColleen MurrellDeakin University, Melbourne.
Visiting Professor Christine GledhillUniversity of Sunderland
MsKay StonhamBournemouth University
DrRed ChidgeyKing\'s College London
DrSimon FrostBournemouth University
ProfessorHugh ChignellBournemouth University
ProfessorColin PritchardUniversty of Southampton
DrGuy BarefootUniversity of Leicester
Mr.RutherfordBournemouth University
DrAnastasia VenetiBournemouth University
DrMark ReadmanBournemouth University
DrShelley ThompsonBournemouth University
MsStephanie FarmerBournemouth University, RedBalloon Productions
DrBen LittleMiddlesex University, Soundings Journal
DrRonan McKinneyUniversity of Sussex
Federica FrabettiOxford Brookes University
DrShaun KimberBournemouth University
ProfessorVen TauringanaBournemouth University
Dr.Bradford GyoriBournemouth University
Ms Natasha TobinBournemouth University
ProfessorIan GaddBath Spa University
ProfessorAdam PietteUniversity of Sheffield
MissShenel McLawrenceBournemouth University
ProfessorCandida YatesBournemouth University
DrCaroline HerbertLeeds Metropolitan University
DrLynne HibberdLeeds Beckett University
ProfessorShih-Hung LoNational Chung Cheng University, TAIWAN.
DrKristin SkoogBournemouth University
DrRebecca WilliamsUniversity of South Wales
DrRuth McElroyUniversity of South Wales
ProfessorRichard HandUniversity of South Wales
DrLisa LewisUniversity of South Wales
MrMatt WhiteUniversity of South Wales
Olivia GableThe Open University
DrBethany KleinUniversity of Leeds
DrSusana Sampaio-DiasUniversity of Portsmouth
MissGillian WrayThe University of Portsmouth
DrCaitriona NoonanCardiff University
DrDavid PrytherchBirmingham City University
Stephen HarperBournemouth University
James TaylorUniversity of Warwick
MsClaire PerryUniversity of Portsmouth
DrMaria MichalisUniversity of Westminster
DrAshley WoodfallBournemouth University
Jayne Hall CunnickUniversity of South Wales
DrSofia BullUniversity of Southampton
Mr.Mark MargaretttenUniversity of Bedfordshire
MrLawrie HallettUniversity of Bedfordshire
Dr Alison WinchMiddlesex University
DrCarlota LarreaUniversity of Bedfordshire
Professor Jon SilvermanUniversity of Bedfordshire
MissMary FergusonUniversity of Bedfordshire
MrLiam TomsBournemouth University
DrCoral HoutmanUniversity of South Wales
MrsCatharine RussellUniversity of Portsmouth
MrEdward OliverUniversity for the Creative Arts
MsRosa FongEdge Hill University
MissMita LadEdge Hill University
Dr.AimeeEdge Hill University
ProfessorPhilip DrakeEdge Hill University
Visiting ProfessorCharles CritcherUniversity of Swansea
DrCarlos Lopez OlanoUniversitat de Valencia

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  • it accepts the presuppositions of the BBC’s commercial rivals;
  • it ignores the BBC’s enormous contribution to the UK creative industries and culture more generally;
  • it assumes the BBC is outmoded in a digital environment;
  • it pulls back from the principle of universality and the need to serve all audiences.

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  • demand a secure future for a well funded, independent public service provider;
  • call for a balanced and proper debate about the future of the BBC, rather than an assault on one of the UK’s major cultural achievements.

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