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Licence Fee Seminar

Friday 5 May, 9am – 5.30pm

Seminar Information Pack and Papers

Speakers for the Seminar

Summary

DCMS held a public seminar on Friday 5 May 2006. It was chaired by Lord Burns and the debate focussed on the key issues that underlie the future level of the licence fee. The seminar took place in front of a small invited audience, which included industry experts and representatives, as well as members of the public.

We invited submissions from interested parties which formed part of the background papers. These are all published in full below.

The seminars were also webcast live. View archived webstreams of this seminar at: www.bbc.co.uk/thefuture/seminars/seminar050506.shtml

Seminar Information Pack and Papers:

Agenda and Key Issues

Industry and Public Submissions

  • Balfour, Frances; Member of the public, April 2006
    RTF - Rich Text Format Icon Submission RTF (37kb)
  • BBC; Revised Report on Affordability of the BBC's licence fee; August 2006 (please read footnote)
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (209kb)
  • BBC Governors; The BBC licence fee bid: What do the public think?; An independent report by Professor Patrick Barwise; April 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (183kb)
  • BBC; Summary of the BBC's licence fee settlement bid; April 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (258kb)
  • BSkyB; The Proposed Licence Fee Settlement; April 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (57kb)
  • Channel 4: Submission for the licence fee seminar; April 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (64kb)
  • Churches Media Council; Review of the BBC's licence fee; April 2006
    Submission RTF (67kb)
  • Commercial Radio Companies Association; A licence to kill? The impact of the BBC licence fee settlement on commercial radio; Indepen; February 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (146kb)
  • Commercial Radio Companies Association: Submission to Lord Burns seminar on the BBC licence fee; April 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (48kb)
  • Emap Radio; Submission to Lord Burns seminar on the BBC licence fee; April 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF
  • IPA and ISBA; Funding the BBC; An ISBA/IPA submission to DCMS; March 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (153kb)
  • ITN; Submission to the DCMS on the proposed licence fee settlement; April 2006
    PDF Icon Submision PDF (54kb)
  • ITV; Level of the BBC licence fee from April 2007, A review of the current BBC funding and licence fee proposals; May 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (92kb)
  • Lincs FM; Submission to seminar on the BBC licence fee: April 2006
    RTF - Rich Text Format Icon Submission RTF (7kb)
  • Satellite and Cable Broadcasters' Group (SCBG): Evidence to the 5 May 2006 Licence Fee Seminar: May 2006
    PDF Icon Submission PDF (56kb)
  • Turner, JDC; Member of the public; April 2006
    RTF - Rich Text Format Icon Submission RTF (10kb)
  • Voice of the Listener and Viewer; The future of the BBC; Financial and structural issues: April 2006
    RTF - Rich Text Format Icon Submission RTF (367kb)

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Background Papers

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Speakers for the Seminar

Speakers for the Seminar (Please note, there may be some additions/changes to the final panels). All sessions will be chaired by Lord Burns.

PDF Icon Guest Speakers and Panel Biographies PDF (132kb)

Session 1 – BBC’s Current Settlement

  • Lord Burns
  • Margaret Exley
  • Tim Gardam
  • Prof. Steven Barnett
  • Maggie Brown
  • Paul Brown -CRCA
  • Conor Dignam
  • Lord Lipsey
  • Zarin Patel -BBC
  • Alice Rawsthorn
  • Mark Thompson -BBC

Session 2 – Industry Wide Issues: Cost Pressures and Efficiencies

  • Lord Burns
  • Margaret Exley
  • Tim Gardam
  • Mark Beilby - DRKW
  • Anne Bulford -Channel 4
  • John Cresswell -ITV
  • Zarin Patel -BBC
  • Phil Riley -Chrysalis
  • Dr. Bill Robinson
  • James Strachan
  • Mark Thompson -BBC
  • John McVay - PACT

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Session 3 – Technological Development

  • Lord Burns
  • Margaret Exley
  • Tim Gardam
  • Jana Bennett - BBC
  • Barry Cox
  • Fru Hazlitt -Virgin Radio
  • Ashley Highfield -BBC
  • David King
  • Mike Short -O2
  • John McVay - PACT

Session 4 – BBC’s own future funding proposals

  • Lord Burns
  • Margaret Exley
  • Tim Gardam
  • Charles Allen - ITV
  • Prof. Patrick Barwise
  • Mike Darcey - BSkyB
  • Jocelyn Hay - VLV
  • Steve Hewlett
  • Dame Patricia Hodgson
  • Lisa Kerr - CRCA
  • Ed Richards - Ofcom
  • Mark Thompson - BBC
  • Caroline Thomson - BBC

Seminar Transcript

We have produced transcripts of each session. Every attempt has been made to accurately transcribe the debate, however, due to the acoustics of the conference room, this transcript may contain minor errors.

PDF Icon Transcript for Session 1 – BBC’s Current Settlement PDF (114kb) - updated 2/6/06
PDF Icon Transcript for Session 2 – Industry Wide Issues: Cost Pressures and Efficiencies PDF (126kb)
PDF Icon Transcript for Session 3 – Technological Development PDF (96kb) - updated 2/6/06
PDF Icon Transcript for Session 4 – BBC’s own future funding proposals PDF (124kb) - updated 2/6/06

If you have any comments or queries, please contact the Charter Review team.

 

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Footnote:

BBC; Revised report on Affordability of the BBC's licence fee; August 2006 - The analysis in Oxera's revised affordability paper incorporates the updated government forecasts of future household disposable income and expenditure, as well as updated information on outcomes in 2004/05 that were published by the ONS after the initial analysis was undertaken in Q1 2006.

These revised forecasts are more cautious than those previously available, hence taking these into account, together with the forecast growth in the number of households over the relevant period, leads to the conclusion that in aggregate the results on affordability previously reached no longer hold and that there will instead be a small adverse movement in affordability in aggregate. That worsening equates to less than £1 per year per household.

Given the importance of affordability to those in the lower income brackets, Oxera have also developed the analysis of the distributional impact of the licence fee since their previous paper. This analysis now takes into account the revised income and expenditure forecasts, as well as forecast growth in the proportion of households with a person aged 75 or over (and hence eligible not to pay the licence fee) and their concentration in the lower income deciles.

The results of that analysis, tested for robustness against each of the six forecasting techniques presented in the paper, show that licence fee growth will not have adverse effects on affordability for those for whom it matters the most - namely those in the lowest income deciles.

 

Last update 16 August 2006

  

 

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