Abolish board of BBC, TV exec sez

Jackson: Single regulatory body needed

LONDON — Channel 4 chief exec Michael Jackson has called for the abolition of the BBC’s board of governors and the creation of a single regulator for all British TV.

Speaking at the Royal Television Society Wednesday night, Jackson said a single regulatory body — for the BBC and for commercial TV — was needed to encourage industry growth and ensure a level playing field for all.

Jackson’s challenge comes at a time of growing regulatory uncertainty in British TV, with private broadcasters crying foul over the Beeb’s forays into the commercial sector, and with the future of commercial TV regulator, the ITC, in doubt.

“The BBC’s board of governors is not an adequate or sustainable form of independent regulation,” the Channel 4 topper said.

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