Ministers Avoid Showdown with BBC

- The BBC's governors will retain their powers as ministers attempt to avoid a showdown prior to the election, according to a report in The Guardian today. Ministers have watered down tough proposals and replaced them with a range of possible options which will be published in the white paper on the communications industry. This is now due to be released on 12 December, after a number of delays caused by arguments over the details of the paper.

- The BBC's governors will retain their powers as ministers attempt to avoid a showdown prior to the election, according to a report in The Guardian today. Ministers have watered down tough proposals and replaced them with a range of possible options which will be published in the white paper on the communications industry. This is now due to be released on 12 December, after a number of delays caused by arguments over the details of the paper.

It has been widely reported that Chris Smith, the culture secretary, is keen to abolish the board of governors and was particularly annoyed by its decision to support director general Greg Dyke's decision to move the Nine O'Clock News to 10pm at short notice.

Ministers from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will provide outlines of their intentions for the delayed white paper but a period of further consultation will take place before it becomes law after the next election.



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