BBC and ITV announce World Cup match split
The BBC and ITV have confirm the split of matches for this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
ITV will show the opening match of the tournament between hosts Brazil and Croatia on 12 June, while the BBC start with Spain v Holland, a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final on 13 June. The BBC will show England's first group match against Italy. ITV will then show England's next two games against Uruguay and Costa Rica. The BBC will have first pick of the round of 16 and semi finals, whilst ITV has first pick of the quarter finals. Both ITV and BBC will show the final.
Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport, said: "We're very pleased with our selection of matches which includes England's highly anticipated opening match with Italy along with their crucial first knock out match, if they proceed, and the first pick of the semi finals. We also have some extremely appetising peak time group games including Spain v Holland, Spain v Chile, Brazil v Mexico and Germany v Ghana. The World Cup in Brazil promises to be truly memorable. The BBC is delighted to be showing this great selection of games and our audiences will be able to join in not only live on BBC One but on radio and online where our extensive coverage will deliver the first truly digital World Cup."
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: "The World Cup begins on ITV for UK viewers next year and we're looking forward to showing live two of England's three group matches as well as two of Brazil's, including the tournament's opening game between the hosts and Croatia in Sao Paulo. We will also broadcast the key match between England's group D rivals Italy and Uruguay, which could have a huge bearing on their chances of reaching the knock-out phase. In addition, ITV will have first pick of the quarter-final matches as Brazil 2014 builds towards its climax. Viewers will be able to watch all matches live online on itv.com which will also host a dedicated World Cup site offering comprehensive coverage in the build up to and throughout what promises to be a special tournament in this most iconic of football countries."
BBC publishes conclusions of governance review
The BBC Trust and BBC Executive have published the conclusions of their joint review of BBC governance, and announced a series of changes to the working relationship between the Trust and Executive.
The review was launched in September 2013 following a year of difficult events at the BBC which highlighted a need to clarify roles and responsibilities and improve the working culture between the two parts of the Corporation.
The key conclusion of the review is that, while much of the current governance system works well, there is confusion about who is responsible for what in certain key operational areas and this has undermined confidence in the governance and operation of the BBC. As a result the BBC and the Trust have committed to a series of actions, approved by the Trustees and the Executive Board, which will come into effect from 1 April 2014.
These actions will mean there will be greater clarity to people inside and outside the BBC that the Executive Board is responsible for making decisions about its operations and the BBC Trust is responsible for assessing its performance.
The BBC is also announcing today that Sir Howard Stringer, former Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation will be joining the BBC Executive Board as a Non-Executive Director from 1 January 2014. Sir Howard was previously President of the CBS network and will bring his extensive broadcasting and commercial experience to this role.
The actions announced today include:
- Clearer roles and responsibilities—there will be greater separation between the Trust and Executive, with the Trust clearly responsible for setting the overall strategic framework for the BBC and the Executive responsible for delivering within this. The Trust will not involve itself in operational decision making. This will require a change in the working culture on both sides, with more agreement on where information should to be shared and where operational responsibilities lie. The Trust will also publish the objectives and priorities that it sets for the BBC Executive.
- New three-stage performance reporting—to ensure better monitoring of how specific BBC projects are progressing and ensure that issues are identified and dealt with early, the Executive will report to the Trust more comprehensively throughout the year. There will be new quarterly business updates from the Executive to the Trust, formal reviews by the Trust of individual projects, and—if necessary—an 'Exceptional Business Report' from the Executive to the Trust if a project is at serious risk.
- Increase in number and role of Non-Executive Directors—the Executive will increase the number of Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) on its board from four to six, and their role to provide external expertise and challenge will be strengthened, including adopting a more prominent public-facing role and joining the Director-General to give evidence before Parliamentary Committees. This complements the work already undertaken by the Director-General to radically reform Executive decision making, removing unnecessary boards and committees. The announcement today of Sir Howard Stringer as a Non-Executive Director is the first in the series of new non-exec appointments which will continue in the new year.
- Improving transparency—a series of meetings between the Trust and Executive will be filmed and broadcast via the Trust website. It is expected that these will initially include discussions on the conclusions of the Trust's reviews of BBC services, and end of year performance discussions. The Trust will expand its successful programme of public consultation and audience engagement, and ask licence fee payers to help set the priorities for the BBC each year, which will then be published.
BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten said: "People don't just expect the BBC to produce great programmes, they want it to be run well. While much has gone well in the past, the last 15 months have seen a number of significant failures. As a result, Tony Hall and I have agreed some very sensible changes to how the relationship between the Trust and Executive works, so we are clearer about who does what, and we are accountable and transparent. It means the BBC can get on with the job of running the BBC, and the Trust can rightly focus on holding the Executive to account on behalf of licence fee payers."
BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: "This is an important first step in making the BBC simpler and better run. And, I'm delighted that Sir Howard Stringer will be joining as a Non-Executive Director."
The report can be downloaded from the BBC website.
BBC announces new plans to improve decision making and accountability
The BBC Executive and BBC Trust have published a governance review that brings greater clarity to the relationship between the Trust and Executive.
Alongside this announcement the BBC Executive is also announcing a series of changes to transform how the BBC is run. This will be the start of a process that will see a significant pan-BBC reform programme set out next year.
The changes announced today include:
- The BBC will be cutting the number of pan-BBC management boards in the BBC by at least 60%. Senior managers will be able to make faster decisions and concentrate on running their teams and departments.
- In the future, everyone inside and outside the BBC will be clear about who is responsible for major decisions and projects. The BBC will move from decision making by multiple committees to much greater personal responsibility. This will ensure there are no blurred lines. Recognising that, as a creative organisation, individuals need to be able to take creative risks without fear, managers will not be penalised for brave, well-made decisions that were taken for the right reasons.
- The BBC will bring together the governance of different parts of the BBC, such as BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios and Post Production by managing their strategic business at the Executive Board. This will avoid duplication and reduce the burden of unnecessary administration.
- We are strengthening the role of the BBC's Executive NEDs and increasing their number—Sir Howard Stringer has today been appointed as a Non-Executive Director for a term of three years from 1 January 2014.
These changes are designed to improve internal decision making, and provide full and firm individual accountability. This process will continue in the New Year.
Speaking about the changes, Director-General, Tony Hall, said: "This is an important first step in making the BBC simpler and better run. And, I'm delighted that Sir Howard Stringer will be joining as a Non-Executive Director."
DTG appoint Keith Hayler as Chair of the new DTG Technical Oversight Group
The DTG, the industry association for digital television in the UK, has today announced the appointment of Keith Hayler as the Chair of the DTG Technical Oversight Group (TOG).
The DTG has broadened its focus to reflect the increased diversity of technical areas that DTG members are involved in. Activity will now be divided into individual work streams, ranging from Ultra HD to Video to Mobile, with each reporting into the newly created TOG. Keith will lead the TOG as an independent Chair, and will report the progress of each work stream into DTG Council.
Keith has forty years experience in the broadcast industry, with an engineering career that spans DTT, satellite and radio technologies. From his time as Castle Transmission's lead technical authority for the UK DTT launch, through to the launch of the world's first terrestrial DAB network for the BBC, Keith has achieved personal involvement in several world-first broadcasting achievements. Throughout his career, Keith has been active in chairing cross-industry working groups and projects, holding positions that include the Chairmanship of the international IP Datacast Forum and a board member of BMCO Forum.
"Having worked with the DTG since the start, I am really looking forward to taking on this new position. It's an exciting time for the DTG and the television industry in general, with more technologies in play than ever before and I'm looking forward to working with Richard and the team." said Keith Hayler about his appointment.
"The DTG is changing to keep pace with a fast-moving industry and it is exactly this level of technical expertise and breadth of experience that's needed as we move into 2014. I'm delighted Keith has agreed to bring his considerable talents to the role and I'm very much looking forward to working with him" commented David Docherty, Chairman of the DTG.
Keith will formally commence his new role in January 2014.