BBC Charter

The BBC Charter is a royal charter setting out the arrangements for the governance of the British Broadcasting Corporation.

The tenth and current BBC Royal Charter, held at the BBC Written Archives Centre

An accompanying agreement recognises its editorial independence and sets out its public obligations in detail.

The initial BBC Charter established the BBC in 1926, and has been renewed upon expiry ever since. It and each subsequent royal charter has run for ten years, except for the charter from 2006 to 2017, which ran for eleven years.

The most recent charter took effect on 1 January 2017 and will run until 31 December 2027.[1][2]


  1. "BBC Charter and Agreement". Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. "Copy of Royal Charter for the continuance of the British Broadcasting Corporation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.