Are the BBC Trust’s days numbered?

In case readers have not yet seen it, here is an interesting report from the Telegraph according to which the possibility of transfer of regulation of the BBC from the BBC Trust to Ofcom has been raised by the DCMS.  

“A senior source at the Culture, Media and Sport department said: “It is clear that the trust, which is both a cheerleader for the BBC and its regulator, does not work. There are contradictions.” […]

Under the plans the BBC would be run on similar lines to Channel 4, which is publicly owned but regulated by Ofcom. This would require primary legislation, and would take effect from the BBC’s next charter beginning in January 2017, it is believed.

The corporation has been subject to Ofcom regulation on matters of obscenity, privacy and harm, since 2007, but has maintained its independence on questions of editorial impartiality.”

So what do BBC Watch readers think? Would such a step contribute towards improving the accuracy and impartiality of BBC content? Tell us your thoughts – and any alternative suggestions – in the comments below. 

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