BBC plans to become ‘ a hub for creativity’

Tony Hall


The BBC has set out plans for the next decade and has pledged to work more closely with the UK’s arts and science institutions to “make Britain the greatest cultural force in the world”.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

BBC director general Tony Hall has plans  for the next decade, saying the corporation will become an “open BBC for the internet age”.

A children’s iPlayer and a pool of local reporters who will share work with local newspapers are also planned. Yet he said funding cuts would mean the loss or reduction of some services.

Lord Hall laid out the plans at the Science Museum on Monday, ahead of the BBC’s charter renewal in 2016, reports BBC News.

Citing the importance of “excellence without arrogance”, he said his plans did not signal “an expansionist BBC”.

He did warn, however, that funding cuts would mean it would “inevitably have to either close or reduce some services”, without specifying which areas might be under threat.

New initiatives will include an Ideas Service, which Lord Hall said would be an “open online platform” featuring material from galleries, museums and universities as well as the corporation itself.

He said: “Our new, open BBC will act as a curator bringing the best from Britain’s great cultural institutions and thinkers to everyone.

“Britain has some of the greatest cultural forces in the world. We want to join with them, working alongside them, to make Britain the greatest cultural force in the world.

“We are extremely ambitious for this new service.

“Where Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information, ours in a smaller way would be to understand it. We will work with anyone who can help us understand this ever more complex world.”

BBC plans also include:

A pool of reporters to provide impartial reporting on councils and public services that could be used by both the BBC and other local news outlets

A children’s-only iPlayer – iPlay – featuring not just television programmes but blogs, podcasts, games and educational tools

Opening up iPlayer to “showcase” content from other broadcasters

New versions of BBC education, news and entertainment services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

“Significant investment” in the BBC World Service, including a daily news programme for North Korea and more broadcasts to Russia, India and the Middle East, BBC News adds.

A news service for Ethiopia and Eritrea on medium wave and short wave

And a review of the BBC’s website to make sure it is “distinctive with a stronger focus on online broadcast content” is also planned.

New digital ways to help fans find new music or music from the BBC archive will also be included.