A report released by the UK Parliament’s Culture Media and Sport Committee on May 19 expressed dissatisfaction with the BBC’s lack of transparency and accountability.
Section 6 of the report, which deals with transparency and accountability, noted that the BBC does not disclose payments for individual artistic contributors. The report stated that “a predecessor Committee” in March 2010 recommended further disclosure, and that the current committee was “disappointed and frustrated” that the BBC has failed to disclose individual salaries for “talent.”
The committee stated it has made an effort to allow the National Audit Office (NAO), which reports to Parliament, to examine the BBC’s expenditures. The NAO explains on its website that one of its “aims” is “safeguarding the interests of taxpayers” by examining the spending of government-funded organizations like the BBC.
The committee expressed concern over the NAO’s lack of complete “access to the BBC” because it prevents the NAO from spotting “deficiencies” in the BBC’s project management, according to the report.
The BBC Trust announced in a September 2010 press release that it backed giving the NAO full access to the BBC’s accounts. But, according to the report, the agreement ultimately fell through. Read the complete Parliamentary committee report on the BBC here.