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A BBC for the Future | Tim Davie, Director-General of the BBC

Tim Davie, Director-General at the BBC, sets out the blueprint for the future direction of the BBC and its role for the UK at an RTS event.

Davie discussed AI and UK-centric algorithms, commercial partnerships with tech companies, and a “progressive” licence fee.

Following the keynote, Davie answered questions from the audience, chaired by Martha Kearney.

The event took place at the IET London on Tuesday 26 March.

Leading the UK into digital, speech by BBC Director-General Tim Davie

Tim Davie, Director-General of the BBC (Credit: RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)

Good morning. Today, 100 years and 23 days after the first BBC broadcast, I want to talk about choices. Choices for us all. 

Choices that have profound consequences for our society; its economic success, its cultural life, its democratic health. Our UK and its essence. Of what we hand to the next generation. Of growth. 

Choices that concern not just the role of the BBC, but something bigger. About whether we want to leave a legacy of a thriving, world leading UK media market or accept, on our watch, a slow decline.  

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