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We have followed this Charter Review process very closely and made submissions at each stage of the process through both individual members and through collective MBF responses. We have made written submissions to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; presented written and oral evidence to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee; participated in the seminars held by Lord Burns and his Independent Panel; and made representations on each of the individual aspects of the BBC's own internal review.
Given the importance of music to the BBC we would welcome the opportunity to present oral evidence to the Committee. In order to contextualise and demonstrate the enormous impact and relationship that music has on the BBC and vice versa we have included a short annex for the Committee's attention. The Green Paper is however light on detail as to what the high level public purposes mean in practice and fails to tackle Bbc needs some attention tensions of a public service broadcaster operating in a converged commercial environment.
Our proposals for the White Paper therefore focus on delivering the very broad objectives in a digital world and creating a distinctive role for the BBC. The BBC's music strategy, as part of the Creative Futures project, should maintain music's unique role in BBC radio and expand the coverage for music across the mainstream and niche TV channels.
The BBC Trust should include at least one Trustee with both knowledge and experience of the music business. Respect for rights means clearing the rights of creators, paying market rates and ing properly and these principles should apply both to in-house productions and to those commissioned from independent producers. The BBC should also be required to implement appropriate DRM systems to maintain creative value and to promote actively respect for, and the understanding of, copyright awareness through media literacy programmes, where appropriate, in partnership with the music industry and other areas of the creative industries.
This will necessitate BBC Worldwide having clear separation from the BBC and working closely with the music industry, other creative sectors as well as Government export agencies. Within the BBC, the public purposes of catch-up TV need to be squared with the commercial potential of on demand content. Furthermore, the BBC role in promoting broadband should aim to encourage the development of commercial services, rather than foreclosing the market.
The proposed licensing arrangements for the Creative Archive would de-value the creative content both of creators and of the BBC. We remain concerned given the apparent contradiction between this increased investment and the cost cutting measures, including 15 per cent efficiency savings in output areas as well as 15 per cent savings in cost-per-hour prices for commissions from all supply sources. It has the ability to Bbc needs some attention social barriers and can be used as a key vehicle for greatly enhancing civil society. British music is pre-eminent on the world stage and there is a great range in the supply choice available which can further be reflected in BBC programming.
We strongly welcome the specific commitments of the BBC to stimulate creativity and cultural excellence. The BBC has a key role in promoting distinctive and original programming and should encourage engagement and participation in cultural activities amongst new audiences. We trust that the BBC's commitment to fostering creativity and nurturing talent will ensure the UK retains its place as a major centre of cultural excellence reflecting the diversity of its people. We would like to see a much stronger presentation of music on mainstream television, as reflected by examples such as "Later with Jools Holland", music videos, and until recently, Top of the Pops, so we expect the BBC to be creative in order to address this challenge.
To reflect this, music television and radio programming needs to be properly ed for in the forthcoming licence fee funding settlement. Promoting Respect for Rights We also believe that the BBC must act as a beacon of best practice in terms of respecting the rights of creators and contributors. Rights owners and contributors to the BBC programmes and ancillary works commissioned by the BBC must be able to negotiate fair terms for the use of their work on a free market commercial basis.
This commitment to respect rights should be enshrined in the Charter to cement the relationship between the BBC and the rest of the creative industries. Respect for rights entails clearing rights before launching a service, paying fair market rates and ing properly to creators and contributors.
We welcome the public purpose role of the BBC in promoting learning and believe that the BBC has an important role to play helping to present and use the rich diversity of work that is available. It can also perform the valuable purpose of educating the creators and the creative entrepreneurs of the future about the importance of creative people being able to earn a living from the use of their work. The educational role of the BBC should also embrace the ways in which young people can learn to appreciate how creators of, and investors in, music and other copyright works are able to build and maintain careers and businesses in the creative industries.
We believe that the BBC should promote an understanding of copyright awareness through media literacy programmes, where appropriate, in partnership with the music industry and other areas of the creative industries. Furthermore, the BBC has a central role to play as a copyright education facilitator because of its unparalleled access to audiences on a variety of levels and in a multiplicity of ways.
The reputation of the BBC as a respected broadcaster also allows it to act as a showcase demonstrating the diversity and the creativity of musicians and music to wider audiences around the Bbc needs some attention. We note that the Green Paper recognises that the BBC's commercial services have an important supporting role to play in both promoting UK culture, talent and intellectual property overseas whilst generating additional value for the BBC licence fee payer and applaud these principles for future activity. However, the choice of granting rights should remain on commercial terms under fair trading commitments.
These fair trade commitments should be scrutinised by an independent, external body to give the necessary confidence to the BBC's Bbc needs some attention as to their probity. We would like to see further partnerships with the music industry and other key export stakeholders, such as the British Council in order to gain further leverage in important markets, such as USA and China, amongst others. We look to the BBC to develop new technology and encourage the take up of new services such as digital radio and broadband while allowing commercial services to develop.
Music is a key driver in the take-up of new services and the BBC has a responsibility to ensure the value of creative content is maintained. We welcome the statement in the Green Paper that, in developing and promoting digital technologies, the BBC should aim to encourage audience groups to take full advantage of the technology and learning opportunities open to them, and drive media literacy amongst all social and age groups.
Whilst the BBC is actively communicating the advantages and opportunities to listeners afforded by new technologies it must be conscious of the perils that sometimes accompany new technologies with respect to the potential infringement of intellectual property rights. One of our concerns relates to Digital Audio Broadcast ripping whereby digital radio receivers can record the digital stream as it is received and retain a copy of the broadcast sufficient to allow pausing and rewinding. A copy may also be retained. The next generation receiver will contain a more "intelligent" recording facility which will allow recording, retention and labelling of individual tracks.
The software for this functionality is already available on PC. In effect, this automatically creates a catalogue of recordings for no payment. We believe that the BBC must play a key role in working with all partners, such as the radio, music, and advertising industries to collectively formulate a solution to ensure creative content is not devalued and the knowledge economy subsequently threatened. Further to the aforementioned comments concerning the Creative Archive project, we recognise that this is a great opportunity for the BBC and other organisations to attain real public value whilst fulfilling broader policy objectives.
However, the Creative Archive project, as currently constructed does not support a BBC digital strategy which values creative content and the proposed licensing arrangements for Creative Archive would de-value the creative content both of creators and of the BBC. We look forward to working with the BBC with respect to both its licence and accompanying supporting campaign to help create a better understanding of, and appreciation for, copyright. Empowering Local and Regional Creativity At a local and regional level, music-based programming plays a vital role in enabling new talent to be heard, local creative economies to be sustained and regional culture to be supported.
Diversity and access are key and the BBC has a pivotal role to play. We want to see both radio and television community level programming being given an opportunity to be picked up and introduced to the mainstream, so that the mainstream itself can evolve to embrace more diverse influences. It is culturally, socially, and politically vital that the wealth of talent and diversity that exists at all levels of the UK music community be made available to as wide an audience as possible and it is clearly the role of a properly publicly funded broadcast service to make sure it is.
We believe that the BBC needs a clear strategy in terms of its effectiveness in other regional centres beyond Manchester. Whilst we recognise the transfer of staff to the nations and regions is a necessary ingredient here, this achievement in itself should constitute not the totality of the commitment needed.
The BBC should ensure structural remedies are in place and organically grow the local talent base. This becomes even more pertinent given the varied and in some cases diminishing contribution and commitment of the commercial sector in this area. We welcome the BBC's contribution to date to empowering local people to actively release Bbc needs some attention creativity and facilitate the showcasing of regional talent but also recognise that more resource and investment are needed in this area.
We look forward to the BBC's forthcoming music strategy to build upon this foundation, again in partnership with industry. The BBC creates public value within the five areas outlined and should perform at all levels regional, national, global within the broadcasting ecology. Accordingly, the BBC must be funded appropriately to be able to fulfil all the public purpose requirements outlined.
We also welcome the statement in the Green Paper referring to the potential benefits offered by partnerships and, where appropriate, the BBC should be both accessible and transparent in its relationships. We agree with the Government's recommendation that the best way to give the BBC the independence, certainty, and flexibility it needs is through a Royal Charter, lasting for another ten years, for the reasons set out in the Green Paper.
We believe that the membership of the Trust should be reflective of the public purposes of the BBC. Accordingly, we believe that there should be a representative on the Trust with specific musical expertise and creative industries experience in order to reflect the commitment to creativity and cultural excellence. The BBC needs to consider ways of effectively addressing this. They are deed to ensure there is no hidden competitive advantage to the BBC. However, all decisions are taken internally by the BBC. Whether or not those decisions are fair, they are perceived to be biased or irrelevant.
Scrutiny by an independent third party would ensure fairness and get round problems of confidentiality complainants reluctant to pass sensitive information to the BBC itself. However, we are concerned that the Government does not appear to have rejected the possibility of "top-slicing" or "sharing" the licence fee.
Moreover, we are somewhat apprehensive that Bbc needs some attention Government has indicated the future prospect of introducing a subscription model as a possible solution.
Making programmes is a key element of the BBC's role and a strong in-house production base must be retained for the sake of creative risk and experimentation, particularly given that the licence fee has been correctly perceived as "the venture capital for creativity". We therefore believe it to be vital that this "critical mass" should not be overly challenged by allowing any in-house facility to dwindle to cover only those programmes that no independent company would be willing to attempt to produce.
Essentially, the BBC must take a pragmatic and sensible approach to how it sources its productions but the principle that content should be based on the best ideas and quality of programming must apply. We recognise the value of the BBC's commitment to training, diversity and the broad development of opportunities in comparison to some of the independent producers. We would like the BBC to encourage independent producers to share the same fair dealing contractual obligations when dealing with freelance creators' and incorporate a commitment to training and the development of new creative talent.Bbc needs some attention
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