BBC 'to harness the energy of the YouTube generation'
The BBC has announced plans for shows to appear on its iPlayer before they are broadcast on TV and for the introduction of a BBC1 plus one channel.
New director-general Tony Hall made the announcement in a speech in which he acknowledged the BBC had been through "tough times" and in the "shadow of some very serious failures" over Jimmy Savile and eye-watering executive pay-offs.
But the former Royal Opera House boss said that it was time to "reinvent" the corporation to "harness the energy of the YouTube generation".
Lord Hall said he wanted to see an end to risk averse, box-ticking culture and that the BBC should celebrate "eccentricity" and did not always have to worry about ratings.
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He said that the BBC had to be "renewed, bolder and much more confident about the mission Lord Reith gave us".
His announcements include more investment in the arts and changes to BBC iPlayer to allow viewers to watch shows before they are screened on TV.
Under current rules, viewers do not have to pay the licence fee to use the iPlayer unless they are watching live shows on the service.
Now iPlayer will be transformed from a catch-up to an online TV service, with viewers able to create their "own evening schedule".
Viewers will be able to catch-up on shows for 30 days, instead of the current seven, and audiences will "get personalised recommendations" and rate programmes which "will influence what we commission", Lord Hall said.
Flagship channel BBC1 is to follow the lead of many of its commercial rivals, including ITV and Channel 4, by launching a catch-up "plus one" service so "people can get more of what they've already paid for".
People will also be able to buy, watch and keep BBC shows, such as old classics, through BBC Store.
Lord Hall also announced plans for music content with a new service, Playlister.
The BBC will team up with online music services such as Spotify and YouTube to allow people to compile playlists of tracks they have heard on the radio or on TV, such as in the cafe in EastEnders or a tune which accompanies a performance on Strictly Come Dancing, to save for later listening.
Lord Hall said that the changes entailed saving up to another £100 million a year by the end of the Charter.
He said that the corporation would simplify its management structure, "examine every penny" it spends and "make sure that everyone who should be paying the licence fee is".
He told the audience: "The licence fee is frozen to 2017 and we're sticking to that.
"That means we have to save 16% by the end of that period. We're planning to save more than that – another 4% – to invest in the future... But we'll have to find more again to do everything I've outlined today – up to another £100 million a year by the end of the Charter.
"I know people won't find it easy – the organisation has been through some tough times already – but I'm certain we can do it as the prize is what I've outlined today. And that must be worth it."