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Tess Jowell will give evidence to the House of Lords' committee investigating the BBC Charter and the licence fee.

Following the recent publication of the Government ’s White Paper on the future of the BBC, the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport will give evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on BBC Charter Review.

The Committee will question the Secretary of State on Parliament ’s role in reviewing the BBC ’s Charter and the potential for the National Audit Office to be given greater powers of investigation into the BBC. The Committee will also question the re-classification of the television licence fee as a tax by the Office of National Statistics and the status of negotiations between the Government and the BBC on the future level of the licence fee.

The Committee ’s recent report Further Issues for BBC Charter Review was published on 3rd March 2006. It criticised the Government for shifting costs associated with digital switchover onto the BBC when the switch will financially benefit the Government. It also raised concerns about the above inflation rise in the licence fee called for by the BBC as well the costing put forward for the proposed move to Manchester.

Tessa Jowell will appear before the committee at 4pm on Thursday 20th April in Committee Room 3 of The House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

    1.      The Committee ’s final report published on 3rd March 2006 is available for The Stationery Office  Further Issues for BBC Charter Review, House of Lords, BBC Charter Review Committee, 2nd Report of 2005/06, HL paper 128-I, ISBN 010 400824 5 Price £12.

    2.      It is also available online at:

DATELINE: 24 January, 2010