Ministers may water down BBC reform health check when new charter is

first_imgMinisters announced in May that the 11-year charter would be subject to a “health check” after five years to ensure that tougher rules are working to prevent a repeat of Jimmy Savile-style scandals, and to avert the rows over large management pay-offs that have dogged the corporation in recent years.Under the plans, this wide-ranging mid-term review would give the government the chance to intervene if the BBC is failing to deliver value for money, or if its new board members and regulators are not doing their jobs.However, officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have been holding talks with BBC executives over limiting the extent of the health check review over the summer.  “This review of the BBC charter must have teeth. If the ‘health check’ finds that the BBC is not being effectively regulated or is failing to deliver value for money, or impartiality, the government will have to intervene to take remedial actionAndrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP who chairs the regulatory reform select committee, said he feared the “health check” was being watered down. He warned that the mid-term review must be backed up by the threat of government intervention.“This review of the BBC charter must have teeth,” he said.“If the ‘health check’ finds that the BBC is not being effectively regulated or is failing to deliver value for money, or impartiality, the government will have to intervene to take remedial action.“It is in the interests of the licence fee payer, the viewing public and the BBC itself to have a robust and effective governance system.”The charter would also see the BBC run by a new board from next year and regulated entirely by Ofcom for the first time.Broadcasters have also raised concerns over plans for ministers to directly appoint members of the BBC’s new governing board, claiming that the arrangement will compromise the corporation’s independence.The new board, which will replace the discredited BBC Trust, will be made up of a majority of members chosen by the BBC. However, opponents of the deal have criticised moves which would see ministers choose almost half of the board members.BBC executives have been pressing their case to limit the government’s powers in negotiations with the DCMS over the past four months.  Ministers announced in May that the 11-year charter would be subject to a “health check”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ministers are preparing to dilute plans for a crackdown on the BBC when the broadcaster’s new charter is published within days. The government is due to unveil the draft deal this month, setting out in detail how the broadcaster will be regulated, funded and run for the next 11 years.But a letter from a minister, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, suggests the government is now ready to cave in to criticism from broadcasting bosses and will move to “sensibly constrain” new rules that would put the BBC on a tighter leash.  Lord Alli, a leading media industry figure who set up the television production company, Planet 24, wrote to the government about the draft charter earlier this summer, raising a series of concerns over the planned “health check” and the role of ministers choosing members of the board.The new culture minister, Lord Ashton of Hyde, tried to reassure Lord Alli, saying that he was working “extensively” with the BBC and Ofcom and that “most of the issues you raised” were “still under review and discussion”. In his reply, dated August 18, the minister said: “We are now in discussion with the BBC to determine the precise scope of the health check and how we can provide certainty to the BBC and to Parliament about what will be in and out of scope through careful drafting of the Charter.“I believe that we will be able to reassure you that a health check can be sensibly constrained and can therefore contribute to the success of the next Charter.” Mr Bridgen said he was worried that ministers were planning to limit the scope of the review. “I am concerned to hear that the minister has promised to ensure the review is ‘sensibly constrained’. This undermines the point of having such a health check in the first place.” One source said the BBC had been fighting the government’s plan to use the “health check” to review the way it’s profit-making commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, operates.  Ministers had wanted to consider whether the BBC should be required to sell a stake in Worldwide if it was not delivering value for taxpayers.A white paper published in May proposed that the BBC should have a single board and be regulated by Ofcom, the media watchdog, from next year.The reforms are designed to overhaul the confused hierarchies that contributed to scandals over the BBC’s coverage of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse allegations and huge pay-offs for senior managers.A DCMS spokesman said: “Significant changes have been proposed to the BBC making it much more effective and accountable in its governance and regulation. The health check will help make sure these reforms are on the right track.”A BBC spokesperson said: “The letter makes clear that the Government has consistently stated that the health check should be merely that – a health check – and not a charter review.” Ministers announced in May that the 11-year charter would be subject to a “health check” Credit: 2016 Getty Imageslast_img read more

PhilippiHagenbuch innovates new tailgate style for Komatsu rigid trucks

first_imgPhilippi-Hagenbuch Inc, a global leader in off-highway truck customisation, has “revolutionised” a new version of their Autogate® Tailgate – a PHIL innovation unveiled 50 years ago specifically for Komatsu rigid frame trucks. With its introduction in 1969, PHIL’s Autogate Tailgate was the first commercially available tailgate and it says has since become the de facto standard in off-highway truck tailgates utilized in quarries and mines around the world. PHIL unveiled this newest version of the Autogate Tailgate at the 2019 AGG1 Academy & Expo.“The new design reflects PHIL’s commitment to keep pace with client feedback and constantly innovate new ideas to maximize efficiency and minimise maintenance on the ever-changing models of off-highway haul trucks available. PHIL’s new Autogate Tailgate for Komatsu rigid frame trucks is designed with a traditional outrigger that bolts to the undercarriage of the off-highway truck. This new design does not require any welding to the frame, allowing operators to retain Komatsu’s original OEM truck frame warranty. The design’s new ‘banana superstructure’ provides the stability, quality and structural integrity that Philippi-Hagenbuch is known for without sacrificing best-of-class opening clearance at full dump. The new design minimises frustrations of end-user service departments concerning premature tailgate chain wear and roller-box maintenance found previously on tailgates designed for Komatsu rigid frame trucks.”As with PHIL’s entire line of Autogate Tailgates, a three-year warranty is standard when installed with PHIL Installation Supervision Assistance or at their Peoria, Illinois factory. Optional body seals, fluidic seals and cushion pads are available to further customise PHIL’s Autogate Tailgates for unique applications. When capacity is a concern, the PHIL Autogate Tailgate for Komatsu rigid frame trucks can also be built up for sideboards. Sideboards are available in one-inch increments from 6-inches to 40-inches in height and provide a unified body height while increasing the volumetric capacity of the truck body, helping operators achieve optimal loads.The newest Autogate Tailgate and its full slate of options are available for order on Komatsu HD405-8, HD465-8 and HD605-8 haul trucks. Retrofit kits to convert legacy tailgates for Komatsu HD series rigid frame trucks in -5, -7 and -7EO models will be available in late spring 2019.last_img read more