BBC trustees slam door on NAO probe

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The BBC Trust has rejected demands from the Commons Public Accounts Committee
to open the BBC’s accounts to unfettered inspection by the National Audit

It did so in response to the latest PAC report on an investigation by the NAO
into BBC purchasing.

MPs said the Trust alone decides what reviews are conducted on how the BBC
spend the public’s money, adding: ‘We remain convinced that the only effective
way to provide proper scrutiny is for the comptroller and auditor general to
have the same powers to identify and undertake studies that apply to the other
value for money work we examine.’

The trust said it has the responsibility to ensure that value for money is
achieved and ‘an explicit duty to safeguard the independence of the BBC’.
Current arrangements are satisfactory for those purposes, the body added.

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