BBC Governance

The BBC is an independent body governed by the Royal Charter. The Royal Charter is the constitutional basis for the BBC. It:

  • sets out the public purposes of the BBC
  • guarantees its independence
  • outlines the duties of the Trust and the Executive Board

Under the terms of the BBC’s Charter and Agreement:

  • the BBC is operationally and editorially independent of Government
  • there is no provision for the Government to intervene in the Corporation’s day-to-day operations
  • the BBC is accountable to the licence fee payer through the BBC Trust


You can contact the BBC Trust directly with any concerns about the BBC:

The BBC Trust Unit
180 Great Portland Street
London W1W 5QZ

Telephone: 03700 103 100

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