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BBC Charter Review public consultation

The government has published its Green Paper on the future of the BBC. You can read the document and submit your thoughts on their website - BBC Charter Review public consultation.

BBCPA Regional Meetings

Each October the Association holds 2 or 3 meetings outside London. We are currently arranging these. Please check the Regional Meetings page to find out more.


This year's AGM (Our 28th) took place on Thursday 16th April at the Friends' Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

From left to right: Nick Whines, Hugh Sheppard and Alan Bilyard.

symbolEdited highlights of the AGM: You can listen to the speeches by Colin Browne (Any Other Business), Natasha Maclean (Memory Bank) and Sir John Tusa.


All recordings are © BBCPA2015.


symbolIf you were unable to attend this year's AGM, we have made an audio recording of the whole of the meeting proceedings that you can listen to on the meetings page.

Sky High!

At the April 2015 AGM, copies of a short report called SKY HIGH! were made available, which compared the cost of viewing free-to-air television with the cost of a subscription account for pay-TV. Now updated, it may be found in the Members Section of this website, setting out many of the reasons why the licence fee which pays for the BBC is such good value, particularly when the typical cost of SKY subscription is taken into account.

This report comes at a crucial time for the BBC. The next Royal Charter is due to take effect in 2016 and is inextricably linked to the licence fee, which has already been frozen at £145.50 for six years since 2010. Not only frozen, but with more demands placed on the BBC's budget, such as the funding of the World Service and S4C.

BBCPA members are invited to read SKY HIGH! in the Members' only pages; first ensuring their User name and Password details are to hand, as set out in any recent BBCPA mailing.

Rona Fairhead's speech to the RTS

Rona FairheadBBC Trust chair's first speech in her new role reveals her initial observations from four months in the job and sets out how the corporation should address the challenges it faces.

The speech delivered 4th Feb 2015 was entitled 'Confident and connected - A BBC fit for the future'.

Read the full text...

Pensioner Nominated Trustee

In the recent election for a Pensioner Nominated Trustee of the BBC Pension Scheme, Leslie Huss-Smickler received the majority votes and so will be appointed a trustee of the scheme. Leslie is a committee member of the BBC Pensioners' Association. Nils Blythe was the runner up. Read more...

Pension Increase 2015

The increase to BBC pensions that have been in payment for at least 12 months will be applied from 1 April 2015. A proportionate increase will be applied if the pension has been in payment for less than 12 months. Read more...

Beware of Pension scams

Pension scams are on the increase in the UK. ‘One-off pension investments’, ‘pension loans’ or up front cash are being used to entice savers. Read more on The Pension Regulator web site - Dangers of pension scams.

Radio Times

Some confusion has arisen recently over the discount that members of the BBC Pensioners' Association can obtain on Radio Times and other BBC magazine titles.

Immediate Media the new owners of BBC Magazines have now clarified the situation. Members of the Association who take out a direct debit will be charged £26 for 26 editions of RT posted to their home address. This represents a substantial saving on the shop price and more than covers the annual subscription to the Association. Those members who already receive Radio Times will continue on the old tariff until further notice.

To take advantage of the discount you will need to quote a code which is contained in the most recent copy of the Newsletter or can be obtained by emailing the Membership Secretary membership@bbcpa.org.uk


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To Join the BBC Pensioners' Association, please follow the link to download an application form.

What's New

Recordings of the 2015 AGM added to Meetings page and also Recordings page in Members area. (Apr 2015)

News page updated for March 2015 with the event: 'In conversation with Professor Jean Seaton, a talk about her new book, Pinkoes and Traitors: The BBC and the Nation, 1974-1987.

Constitution updated as agreed at the 2014 AGM. Document added to the Downloads page. (Jan 2015)

Brenda Horsfield's obituary added to the 'In Memoriam' section. (Dec 2014)

New picture of the Committee included on the About Us page. (Nov 2014)

This site was redesigned on 29th January 2010.

Join Committee

Meetings are held every month in central London on the 2nd Tuesday and usually last 2 hours. Travelling expenses are paid.

If you like to join the association committee, please submit the form on the Documents page before the AGM.