This Week's Story: U.K. panel recommends dissolving BBC board

This Week's Story:

U.K. Panel: BBC Board Should Be Dissolved

By Mimi Turner

LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The BBC looked to be on a collision course with the government over the issue of the pubcaster's independence after an influential government-appointed panel recommended scrapping the BBC's board of governors and potentially sharing its license-fee income with other broadcasters.

The Jan. 28 report, which was commissioned by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell in the summer and carried out by former Permanent Secretary to the Treasury Lord Terry Burns, recommended the radical step of replacing the governors with a Public Service Broadcasting Commission that would be empowered to allocate BBC income to other broadcasters pledged to make public-service programming.

Jowell now will consider the report's findings as she prepares a green paper on the future of the BBC that will be put before Parliament this year.