BBC Trust

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The BBC Trust came into effect on 1 January 2007, replacing the BBC Board of Governors.

"The BBC Trust works on behalf of licence fee payers: it ensures the BBC provides high quality output and good value for all UK citizens and it protects the independence of the BBC." – BBC Trust[1]

The Trust sets the overall strategic direction for the corporation and assesses the performance of the BBC Executive Board.



Funding and finances


The current 12 trustees:

Former people

The original trustees, three former governors and eight new members, were announced by Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in October 2006.[4] Michael Grade, then Chairman of the Governors, was to become Chairman of the Trust at the time of the announcement, but due to his move to ITV, Chitra Bharucha became the Acting Chair.[5] Sir Michael Lyons took over as Chairman from 1 May 2007.[6]




Contact details, Resources, Notes


  • Address:
  • Phone:
  • Fax:
  • Website:

External Resources


  1. BBC Trust BBC Trust] | accessed 2007-01-2}
  2. BBC Trust Trustees, accessed 15 April 2015.
  3. BBC Trust Members, accessed 13 March 2008.
  4. BBC Press Release: New BBC Trust to represent the public interest 12 October 2006, accessed 2006-11-28
  5. BBC Press Release: Michael Grade resigns as BBC Chairman 28 November 2006 accessed 2006-11-05
  6. Sir Michael Lyons joins BBC Trust as new Chairman, BBC Trust]] 1 May 2007| accessed 2007-07-03