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Tony Hall calls for an open BBC for the Internet age

MUMBAI; “I want to open the BBC to become – even more – Britain’s creative partner, to become a platform for this country’s incredible talent, cultural institutions and open up to our audiences in new ways. An open BBC for the Internet age will be a BBC that is truly open to partnership.”

These remarks were made by UK pubcaster The BBC’s DG Tony Hall to members of the Creative Industries Federation. He laid out his commitment to the BBC becoming more open than ever before and acting as a key partner to the UK’s creative industries.

He also announced a new series of seminars across the UK at which the BBC will invite partners to explore how they can use the Corporation’s services to appeal to new audiences. “Working with partners, the BBC will convene seminars across the UK with key organisations on some of our proposals to discuss how they want to use an open BBC platform to reach out to new audiences and enthusiasts.”

He added: “For I believe not in a bigger BBC, but a better BBC, an open BBC acting in Britain’s best interests and as a cornerstone of the British creative economy.”

His speech called on the BBC to learn from recent successful partnerships such as the Make it Digital project and the Get Creative campaign to improve its work as a partner.

He pointed to the recent announcements that the BBC is working with some of the country’s institutions such as the British Museum, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Science Museum on the proposed Ideas Service, as well as working with the UK music industry on a new music discovery service and offering to open up BBC iPlayer to others within the sector.

He spoke at the Creative Industries Federation seminar on the BBC at King’s College London. This was the culmination of a series of events around the country, in which the Creative Industries Federation have explored the relationship between the BBC, the Creative Industries and the Arts.

Creative Industries Federation CEO John Kampfner said, “It was always clear to us that the Federation had to investigate the big picture of the BBC’s role across all of the arts and creative industries.

“The BBC is of such importance to the cultural life of Britain that any decisions made now about how it is funded and run in future will have an impact way beyond what the public gets to see and hear on radio, television and online. It will affect the strength and success of the UK’s creative output for years to come.”