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Director of LSE appointed to government panel to advise on BBC Charter Review

Howard Davies, director of LSE, has been appointed as one of the members of an independent panel selected by culture secretary Tessa Jowell to help with the review of the BBC's Royal Charter.

The panel, announced on Tuesday 15 June, will work with Terry Burns, Tessa Jowell's independent advisor, on the review of the charter, which shapes the BBC, setting out its aims, objectives and functions.

Other members of the panel are Sly Bailey, chief executive of Trinity Mirror plc, Alan Budd, provost of The Queen's College Oxford, Janet Finch, vice-chancellor and professor of social relations, Keele University; Tim Gardam, principal elect of St Anne's College, Oxford; and Alice Rawsthorn, director of the Design Museum.

The panel will advise Tessa Jowell on key issues relating to the Royal Charter and, subject to commercial confidentiality, their advice will be published. The themes the panel will consider have all arisen from and been defined by a major public consultation on the future of the BBC which kicked off the Charter Review process.

The panel's work will focus around a series of seminars to debate key issues, such as funding, governance and quality of services. The seminar series, which will be held at the DCMS in front of a small, invited audience, will begin at the end of next month and run through the autumn. The seminars' findings will be published on the Charter Review website.

The outcome of the seminars will play a key role in developing themes for a future Green Paper, expected to be published for consultation around the turn of the year.

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More information on Howard Davies can be found at http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/meetthedirector/|

A full press release can be found at http://www.culture.gov.uk/global/press_notices/archive_2004/dcms069_04.htm|

17 June 2004

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