Tony Hall: "The best argument for the BBC lies in the quality of its programmes."

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Director-General Tony Hall emailed staff yesterday congratulating them on the BBC's wins at the BAFTAs at the weekend. We've published the email in full below. 

Dear All,

I thanked everyone last week for our election coverage – and what an amazing weekend it was with our VE Day commemorations and the BAFTAs.

The BBC won a total of eleven awards – more than any other broadcaster – which is yet another testament to the hard work of everyone in the organisation. The sheer range of nominees and winners was a great demonstration that the BBC is at the top of its game creatively. And many of the programmes are now once again on iPlayer for the public to enjoy.

The best argument for the BBC lies in the quality of its programmes. But there can never be any room for complacency. The challenge for us all over the coming months is to push ourselves to do even better for the people that matter most - our audiences.

We now also have a new Government and we look forward to working with the new Secretary of State. Ahead of us lie the Charter Review and the licence fee negotiations. Quite rightly, there will be lively and robust debate about the future of the BBC and its role in public life. We should approach this debate with confidence. The BBC is a treasured national asset but of course it cannot be immune to change. The BBC should be prepared to be bold and inventive about its future and we should also encourage the public to have its voice in that debate. That is why we will be publishing our own proposals in the next few months on how the BBC can flourish in the internet age as we look forward to our Centenary.

Thank you again for all your hard work and everything you do for the BBC.

Best wishes,

Tony Hall

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Matt Berkley

    on 2 Aug 2015 06:26

    Dear Lord Hall,

    A recent search for "poverty" on the BBC website showed one "Editor's Choice" page for global poverty. It was amended following a complaint. It still claims, falsely, that there are data on prices faced by extremely poor people since around 1990 using "household surveys" and a "basket of food".

    The BBC's output on Millennium Development Goals, which have a standard baseline of 1990, has consistently and falsely claimed they were set in 2000 - which is when leaders set a 2000 baseline.

    I suggest that if you do not ensure these and related complaints are answered in good time for the UN Summit in September, by a part of the BBC which has not itself published an error about an MDG indicator, you personally risk bringing the BBC into disrepute.

    Yours sincerely,

    Matt Berkley

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