U.K. Communications Watchdog Ofcom Put In Charge Of BBC
June 26, 2015 at 4:55 AM (PT)
For the first time in its history, the BBC will be governed by an external body as part of a renegotiation of its charter, according to a report in the U.K. TELEGRAPH. The BBC TRUST's powers will be handed to the communications regulator OFCOM.
This comes after the U.K.'s new Culture Secretary, JOHN WHITTINGDALE, insisted he had no "vendetta" against the TV and radio corporation, but warned that it needed a “very robust system in place” to deal with issues of impartiality.
Ministers are instead planning an expanded role for OFCOM, which also acts as the watchdog for the telecoms and commercial media industries.