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Industry experts to advise govt on BBC Charter Review

MUMBAI: A panel of experts from across a range of industries have been appointed by the UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale to support the BBC Charter Review process.

The advisory group will play an important role in the government’s plans to deliver a transparent, open and democratic Charter Review. Its remit will be to provide expertise, innovation and advice for the process and policy of the review of the BBC Royal Charter by providing strategic independent oversight and challenge to the Charter Review programme of work; and bringing to bear their own personal experience and expertise on the policy debates.

The group takes in representatives from a range of backgrounds, with different experiences and differing views about the BBC. The advisory group members are as follows:

  • Dawn Airey – Yahoo Europe, the Middle East and Africa senior VP and former Channel 5 chairman, CEO.
  • Dame Colette Bowe – Banking Standards Board chairman, Voice of the Listener and Viewer President and former Ofcom chair.
  • Andrew Fisher – Shazam executive chairman.
  • Darren Henley OBE – Arts Council England CEO and former Classic FM ND.
  • Ashley Highfield – Johnston Press CEO, one of the largest local media groups in the UK, and former director at the BBC.
  • Alex Mahon – former Shine Group CEO, global television content production company.
  • Lopa Patel MBE – digital entrepreneur and NewAsianPost.com and Diversity UK founder/CEO.
  • Stewart Purvis CBE – British broadcaster and academic, and former Editor-in-Chief and CEO of ITN.

Whittingdale said, ” Each member of the independent advisory group brings individual skills, experience and expertise. Together they will contribute to the oversight of the Government’s Review of the BBC Royal Charter. I look forward to working with them on this important issue.

“Members have been appointed in a voluntary capacity and on the basis of their personal experience, not as representatives of their respective organisations. They will meet up to six times a year, with additional members co-opted as and when required by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.”