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DCMS appoints advisory group for BBC Charter Review

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has commissioned a panel of experts to support the review of the BBC Royal Charter

The BBC Charter Review process will be supported by a newly commissioned advisory board, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced yesterday.

The advisory group, consisting of experts from a range of industries, “will play an important role in the government’s plans to deliver a transparent, open and democratic Charter Review,” said an official statement.

The group’s 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 advisory group consists of Dawn Airey, senior vice president of Yahoo’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and formerly chairman and chief executive of Channel 5; Dame Colette Bowe, chairman of the Banking Standards Board, president of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer, and former chair of Ofcom; Andrew Fisher, executive chairman at Shazam; Darren Henley OBE, CEO of Arts Council England and former managing director of Classic FM; Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press, one of the largest local media groups in the UK, and former director at the BBC; Alex Mahon, former CEO of Shine Group, global television content production company; Lopa Patel MBE, digital entrepreneur and founder/CEO of and Diversity UK; and Stewart Purvis CBE, British broadcaster and academic, and former editor-in-chief and CEO of ITN.

John Whittingdale MP said in his announcement, “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.”