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

The BBC Charter established the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). An accompanying Agreement recognises its editorial independence (despite popping open champagne bottles in Broadcasting House after Labour's general election victory in 1997 ) and sets out its public obligations in detail. Each Charter has run for ten 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 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  2. ^ "Copy of Royal Charter for the continuance of the British Broadcasting Corporation" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-08-06.

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