Plan averted to use BBC for 'government messaging'

Government request to disseminate state messages would have been "serious breach" of editorial indep

The Government tabled plans for the BBC to become a vehicle for "government messaging" during negotiations over the BBC licence fee settlement last year.

A report out today by the Culture Media and Sport Committee revealed that former BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons and BBC director general Mark Thompson felt the proposals crossed one of the BBC's "red lines"

Lyons and Thompson told the committee - which was set to report on the BBC's licence fee settlement and annual report - that during negotiation last October the Government put forward plans for the BBC to become a vehicle for "showing a large amount of information produced by the Central Office of Information - government messaging - to the public".

Read more at the Press Gazette.