The BBC is one of the nation's most important institutions which is recognised internationally as a maker of quality content. Ten years ago - the last time the Government ran a Charter Review - the media landscape looked very different. The BBC has adapted to this changing landscape.
However, we need to ask some hard questions during this review. This should include questions about what the BBC should be trying to achieve in an age where consumer choice is now far more extensive than it has been, what its scale and scope should be in the light of those aims, how far it affects others in television, radio and online, and what the right structures are for its governance and regulation.
The BBC is a national institution, paid for by the public. It will have spent more than £30 billion of public money over the current Charter period. The Government recently set out a consultation which marks the start of the Charter Review process. Everyone must be able to have their say on how well they think that money is spent.