The BBC has published its Annual Plan for 2019/20 where it sets out its priorities for the year ahead.
In an increasingly competitive market, the BBC needs to transform, as Tony Hall states “Alongside a great year of creativity, this year will see major milestones as we transform the BBC. This transformation is essential. Without it, the BBC will look increasingly analogue in a digital world, and small against giant global competition.”.
There are action plans in four areas:-
Tackling fake news and increasing polarisation
This will build on the success of the School Report media literacy initiative. There will be free online materials and an interactive experience for students to gain knowledge about being a BBC journalist in the heart of the newsroom.
Investing in content, new talent and new voices around the UK.
The plan highlights the breadth and range of output the BBC is producing next year. It is a uniquely distinctive mix of content, with commissions that no other broadcaster would make. This year will also see the biggest transformation of the BBC’s Nations services in a generation.
Reinventing the way we deliver our content.
iPlayer remains the biggest and best place to find new British content. This year will see further improvements for iPlayer, including enhancements to the user experience, more personalisation, more live content and we continue to look at increasing the availability of some content. We will assess for materiality where appropriate.
Taking the UK to the world.
The BBC World Service is undergoing its biggest expansion since the 1940s. With new Government investment the BBC now operates in more than forty languages around the world and has opened new and expanded bureaux in locations from Bangkok and Belgrade to Cairo and Kathmandu.
The full Annual Plan can be accessed @ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/reports/annualplan/annualplan_2019-20.pdf