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In 2014, the average age of viewers to BBC1 and BBC2 was 59 and 60 respectively; by 2016, it had risen to 61 and 62 respectively.
In 2013, the weekly reach of BBC network news amongst 16-34 year olds was 71%; in 2016, that figure was down to 63%.
In 2012 BBC television reached
79% of BAME viewers each week; in 2016 that figure was down to 72%.
In 2013-14, Radio 2 reached 35% of all adults aged
over 35 (its target age group), but only 12% of BAME adults in this age group. The Trust
asked Radio 2 to take action to address this disparity.... However, by 2016, Radio 2’s reach to BAME adults had
remained broadly stable at 11%.
In 2014-15, the Trust found that
Radio 4’s reach amongst all UK individuals was 19.3% but its reach amongst BAME listeners
was just 10.7%. And Radio 5 live’s reach to BAME individuals was 6.7% compared to its
overall reach of 10.6%
The growth of BBC online has slowed in the past couple of years and
the breadth of use of flagship online services, such as iPlayer, is lower than we might
expect: after nine years in operation, it is now used weekly by 13% of all adults (joint top
with Netflix) and 21% of 16-34 year olds (second to Netflix).
The one question in the Trust's survey for this report which showed a negative trend over the Charter period asked whether the BBC ‘provides high quality, independent journalism’. In 2016, 62% of people
agreed with that statement, compared to 70% in 2008, and 65% in 2015.
The BBC’s reduction in the number of senior managers is a significant achievement but
there are other aspects of the 2011 strategy where progress has been more limited. In
particular, the BBC is still to meet unable the original objective that senior managers should
be restricted to 1% of the workforce.