I'd like to pen a brief note to the BBC on the meaning of 'Full Public Consultation'. Firstly, the report of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, chaired by the new Culture Secretary, can be found HERE. Those at the BBC who couldn't be bothered to read it when it was published in February but who are now eager to do so will find it less threatening than the headlines in the Telegraph suggest. Amongst the many recommendations are those for full consultation with licence fee payers in advance of changes.
For the benefit of BBC executives, this means:-
1. You must allow everyone to respond, not just those from your specially selected audience focus group of people who agree with you
2. You must publish the results of all consultation, and not just those results that bolster your case
3. You cannot exclude voices from comment because you don't like what they're saying
4. You cannot restrict the agenda to issues that you want to discuss and exclude matters the public wants to discuss
5. You cannot exhibit the sort of pro central State pro mega public service pro collectivist bias that you exhibited so shamefully during the election campaign, at times so arrogantly that you barely bothered to disguise it.
And BTW my FOI request on the 7 leaders programme is still outstanding. You have exactly 20 days before the matter is referred to the Information Commissioner.