Bid for public’s view brings small response

Latest figures show double-digit growth for commercial radio

According to Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, the campaign inviting the public to have its say on the role of the BBC and how it should be run has prompted just 2,000 responses – which equals 0.0047% of the adult population of the UK.

Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum, last Wednesday, Jowell said that, despite the low level of feedback, she was “delighted with the scale of the response”.

When Jowell opened the Charter Review process toward the end of last year, she claimed that the process was going to be the biggest public debate that the UK had ever had on the issue of the BBC and that the public would drive it more than ever before.

“This review will be different,” she said when the consultation process was launched in December.

“For the first time, the driving force will be the British people.

Through the licence fee, they are, in effect, the BBC’s shareholders.”

But the campaign by the DCMS doesn’t appear to be generating a very big response and the deadline for submissions on the issue is less than a month away – 31 March.

The campaign by the DCMS to attract subsmissions from the public includes a website and the distribution of leaflets in public libraries around the UK.

The BBC Charter Review website has had 15,000 visitors so far, according to Jowell.

She stressed the importance of the views of young people and children in determining the future of the BBC.

Once the first phase of the review ends on 31 March a panel put together by the DCMS will review all of the submissions from the public that will result in the publication of a Green Paper.

Results of the consultation will be published on the website.

The second phase of the review will start toward the end of the year.

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