The Scottish Government is working with the UK Government and other devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland to develop a new Royal Charter for the BBC, which will be implemented by the end of 2016. The government today (Thursday 15 December 2016) published the BBC`s new charter and framework agreement. This is the culmination of a year-long process to help the BBC adapt to the changing digital world and ensure it continues to prosper, provide to the public and serve as an engine of creativity and growth for the UK. A motion on the principles behind the need for strong public service radio in Scotland and the Scottish Government`s policy towards the BBC was presented to the Scottish Parliament in February 2016, which allowed them to carry out their duties as exposed in the moU. After parliamentary scrutiny and the subsequent vote, the Scottish Government negotiated the contents of the White Paper, published in May 2016. Another vote will be held in the Scottish Parliament as soon as the Charter is published. The new Charter and the Framework Agreement will continue to allow the BBC to prosper. This strategic document has been updated to reflect the publication of the BRITISH Government`s White Paper on the renewal of the BBC Charter in May 2016 and to support our negotiations with the UK government on the development and implementation of the Charter and agreement. Throughout this process, there has been and will still be an in-depth discussion between the Scottish Government and the BBC. In January 2016, the BBC also testified before the Scottish Parliament`s Education and Culture Committee. The BRITISH government published its political position on the future of the BBC in May 2016 and can be viewed here: the current BBC charter expires at the end of 2016.
A new charter has been adopted. What was the process, what is written in the New Charter and what happened when it was last renewed? In September and October 2016, debates on the draft charter and agreement took place during the three decentralized legislatures. The “iPlayer fault” was closed on September 1, 2016. This means that people who use services at the request of the BBC (currently via the BBC iPlayer) now need a TV licence. The agreement is in effect in accordance with the Charter, but may be amended during the Charter period, subject to the agreement of the Secretary of State and the BBC. A white paper containing the government`s concrete proposals for the future of the BBC was published in May 2016. Among the most important points, the Royal Charter forms the constitutional basis of the BBC and its current charter expires at the end of 2016. Also in July 2015, the government published a green paper on the review of the charter. The BBC then published its proposals for the creation of an “open and more distinctive BBC”. The BBC`s official response to the Green Paper`s questions was published in October, with detailed proposals for savings in November and more in spring 2016.