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Audience Council acts only in advisory role

Published 26/08/2016

Your article, "BBC NI stuck in past when it should be reflecting our evolving society: watchdog" (News, August 18), contained several inaccuracies.

Audience Council Northern Ireland (ACNI) is not a "watchdog"; it acts in an advisory only capacity to the BBC Trust and it does not review BBC services itself.

Neither the BBC Trust, who undertook the review of BBC services in the devolved nations, nor ACNI said BBC NI is "stuck in the past".

In our public consultation and research, some audiences talked about the need for BBC NI to continue to reflect changes in Northern Ireland society and we expect that this will remain a priority for BBC journalists and programme-makers.

AIDEEN McGINLEY

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