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Committee Chair comments on publication of BBC Annual Report

2 July 2019

The BBC has today published its Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19

Chair's Comment

Damian Collins Chair of the DCMS Committee said:

“It is welcome to see more women named on the high earners' list. However, this masks the wider issue of equal pay across all levels of the BBC workforce.

“The rising talent bill is concerning in light of plans to remove free TV licences from all but the poorest of those over 75. We'll be raising this with BBC executives when they appear before the committee later this month.

“The report also reveals the BBC is spending significantly more on its online services, including news and iPlayer, an increase of £32 million in the past year. At the same time, the report shows that numbers of viewers watching BBC live TV is in decline across all networks with one exception, BBC Parliament which shows a small increase. In the context of a year that has seen the steepest year-on-year drop in the numbers of under 35s watching broadcast TV, the BBC has much to do to ensure it is seen as relevant by younger audiences.”

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