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October 19, 2009

Tories too say they want to get rid of BBC Trust

By Gary Neale

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said a Conservative government would scrap the BBC Trust, the FT reports.

Hunt believes the Trust acts as a regulator and an advocate of the BBC, and should be replaced in order to properly manage the “out of touch” BBC, the Financial Times reports.

Hunt told the FT: “We haven’t made a decision on the timing of [changes to the governance structure], but we do think the structure… has failed.

“We are looking into whether it would be appropriate to rip up the Charter in the middle of it, or whether one should wait.”

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw said last month that Labour also planned to end the BBC Trust as it is not “sustainable in the long term”.

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