UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Tories offer wrong solution on BBC Trust reform says Foster

Press Release   •   Feb 05, 2010 09:00 GMT

“The BBC Trust needs to be replaced but with a new, truly independent regulator for all public service broadcasting," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary.

Commenting on reports that the Conservatives plan to scrap the BBC Trust, Don Foster said:

“When the BBC Trust was proposed, the Tories were silent. Only the Liberal Democrats argued its dual role as flag waver and regulator was ridiculous.

“The BBC Trust needs to be replaced but with a new, truly independent regulator for all public service broadcasting.

“The Government’s defence of the BBC looks rather hollow next to its proposals to ‘top-slice’ parts of the licence fee for other Government projects, a move that threatens the independence of the corporation.”