The Operating Framework


As required under the BBC’s Royal Charter, Ofcom has developed an 'Operating Framework' for the BBC, covering regulation of the BBC’s performance, compliance with content standards and impact on competition.

This page gathers together the different parts of the Operating Framework.

Key documents

Review of BBC regulation

As we near the mid-point of the current BBC Charter period, we are required to produce a ‘Periodic Review’ of the BBC. We plan to use this opportunity to build on the conclusions of Small Screen: Big Debate, and reflect on our BBC regulation over the last four years to ensure it remains fit for purpose in holding the BBC to account on behalf of viewers and listeners. As set out in Small Screen: Big Debate, there is a specific need to update the BBC’s Operating Licence for the digital age.

We are inviting views from interested parties on the scope of our review and on how we can update our regulation of the BBC. The deadline for responding to our consultation is 5pm on 15 September 2021.

Operating Licence

The Operating Licence sets the regulatory conditions that Ofcom considers appropriate for requiring the BBC to fulfil its Mission and promote the Public Purposes.

Consolidated version of the Operating Licence as of 25 March 2021 (PDF, 734.5 KB)

Consolidated version of the Operating Licence as of 28 July 2020 (PDF, 683.1 KB)

Consolidated version of the Operating Licence as of 24 October 2019 (PDF, 598.9 KB)

Consolidated version of the Operating Licence as of 31 January 2019 (PDF, 591.3 KB)

Consolidated version of the Operating Licence as of 27 March 2018 (PDF, 625.7 KB)

Original version of the Operating Licence issued on 13 October 2017 (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Summary of regulatory conditions (PDF, 597.1 KB)

The operating framework

The Operating Framework contains the provisions that Ofcom considers appropriate to secure the effective regulation of the BBC’s activities set out in the Charter and Agreement.

Introduction to Ofcom’s Operating Framework for the BBC (PDF, 600.5 KB)

Operating framework - Setting and amending the Licence (PDF, 390.8 KB)

Operating framework - Setting and amending performance measures (PDF, 585.1 KB)

Welsh language

These documents are also available in Welsh.