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#LetItBeeb cautiously welcomes BBC Charter Review

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UK Music and its #LetItBeeb campaign have cautiously welcomed the publication of the UK government’s BBC Charter Review.

Secretary of state John Whittingdale is behind the new white paper, exploring the future of the BBC and its various channels and offerings. UK Music started the #LetItBeeb campaign as a response to the announcement of the review to gather public support for BBC Music.

According to #LetItBeeb, the new regulatory and governance framework and the introduction of a mid-term five year review of the BBC Charter need to be given careful Parliamentary scrutiny.

These changes, including providing Ofcom with the power to assess market impacts, must not have a negative impact on BBC music programming and services. UK Music will seek necessary safeguards before the new Charter commences at the beginning of 2017.

Jo Dipple, UK Music chief executive officer, said:Collectively Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6Music, Asian Network, Proms, BBC Introducing, Glastonbury, festival coverage, five orchestras, BBC Singers, new music commissions, music broadcast programming and music documentaries give fans and listeners access to the most astounding and diverse range of musical content. BBC Music caters for a myriad of tastes which are not served by the commercial sector.

‘Without BBC Music services to support the development of new music, our industry would not only be poorer and listeners deprived, but this country would find it harder to outperform on the world stage. UK Music will be assessing the full implications of this historic white paper with its members and we look forward to discussing it with the BBC, government and parliament in the coming weeks and months.’

Previously, James Murtagh-Hopkins, director of communications at UK Music, outlined the organisation’s crucial #LetItBeeb campaign to save BBC Music.

Read the full article on the initiative.

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