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.
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 invited initial views from interested parties on the scope of our review and on how we can update our regulation of the BBC in July 2021. We will publish a detailed consultation on a new BBC Operating Licence in Spring 2022.
The Operating Licence sets the regulatory conditions that Ofcom considers appropriate for requiring the BBC to fulfil its Mission and promote the Public Purposes.
|19 May 2022||Statement: Original productions on CBBC – request to change the Operating Licence|
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|Notice of Variation Number 6 dated 19 May 2022|
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|1 February 2022||Statement: BBC Three television channel competition assessment – final determination (PDF, 896.1 KB)||Notice of Variation Number 5 dated 1 February 2022 (PDF, 896.1 KB)|
|25 March 2021||BBC Operating Licence - Updated version for March 2021 (PDF, 734.5 KB)||Notice of Variation Number 4 dated 25 March 2021 (PDF, 153.2 KB)|
|28 July 2020||Statement: BBC Children’s news and first-run UK originations (PDF, 1.4 MB)||Notice of Variation Number 3 dated 28 July 2020 (PDF, 1.4 MB)|
|24 October 2019||N/A|
|31 January 2019||Notice of Variation Number 2 dated 31 January 2019|
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27 March 2018
19 December 2017
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.