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Definitions/Glossary of terms 

See "Framework Agreement" 

BBC Executive Board. The BBC Executive is formally 
constituted under Article 7 of the Charter and is responsible 
for delivering the BBC’s services in line with the priorities set 
by the BBC Trust. It is responsible for all aspects of 
operational management of the BBC. 

The independent body that provided advice to the former 
BBC Governors. The Governance Unit has been superseded 
by the BBC Trust Unit. 

The former Board of Governors, superseded by the BBC 
Trust under the new Charter. 

Part of the BBC Executive. 

The BBC Trust is formally constituted under Article 7 of the 
Charter. It is the guardian of the licence fee revenue and the 
public interest in the BBC. It has ultimate responsibility, 
subject to the terms of the Charter and the Framework 
Agreement, for the BBC's stewardship of licence fee revenue 
and other resources; for upholding the interests of licence fee 
payers and the public interest generally in the BBC; and for 
securing the effective promotion of the BBC's Public 

The Trust Unit provides the BBC Trust (i.e. the trustees) 
with independent and objective advice. The Trust Unit 
advises the trustees on the conduct of their duties and 
supports their work in the following key areas: Performance; 
Finance, Economics and Strategy; Audiences; Governance & 
Accountability; and Nations. 

The new Royal Charter granted to the BBC on 19 September 
2006, which took effect on 1 January 2007 (subject only to 
some very limited transitional provisions which continue to 
apply after that date). 

The Charter sets out the Public Purposes of the BBC and 
guarantees its editorial independence. It prescribes the 
constitution of the BBC, the relationship between the Trust 
and the Executive Board, and the duties and functions of both 

Content aggregator 


Framework Agreement 

Full track commercial music 


Interim Rules 


In the context of mobile devices, this refers to organisations 
that gather internet and other media content from different 
sources for distribution to mobile phone customers. 

Digital Rights Management. This refers to a technology that 
allows a publisher to control access to digital content, such as 
downloaded music or video. It can be used, for example, to 
prevent copying of a file to another device or computer, or 
to restrict the timeframe in which that file can be viewed or 
listened to. 

The Framework Agreement complements the Charter (see 
above). It goes into more detail on many of the subjects 
mentioned in the Charter and also covers such things as the 
BBC's regulatory obligations and funding arrangements. 

The Framework Agreement was made between the BBC and 
the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, and 
approved after a debate in Parliament in July 2006. 

The full length of a ‘sound recording’ of a ‘musical work’ 
(both of which are protected copyright works), in which the 
writer(s)/composer(s), music publisher and record company 
have rights, which has been released for commercial sale e.g. 
on CD or as a download, and normally by a record company. 

Integrated Media Player. iMP refers to a computer application 
that, under one of the proposals assessed in this document, 
would give UK viewers the opportunity to catch up on TV 
programmes they may have missed, for up to seven days after 
they have been broadcast, using the internet to download 
such programmes to their computers. 

The "Interim Rules for the Conduct of a Public Value Test", 
published by the BBC Governance Unit on 10 October 2006 
and approved by the BBC Board of Governors. 

Market Impact Assessment. This is provided by Ofcom, 
overseen by a joint steering group on which the BBC Trust 
and Ofcom are equally represented, and forms part of the 
Public Value Test. 

The joint steering group sets the terms of reference and 
agrees the methodology for each assessment, taking account 
of the scale and scope of the proposed change. As part of the 
assessment, Ofcom seeks representations on the market 
impact aspects of the proposal. 

Mobile device 

Non-DRM audio download 


Peer-to-peer network 





In the context of this document, "mobile device" refers 
primarily to mobile telephones but might also involve 
portable devices generally. 

An audio recording (e.g. of a radio program) that is 
downloadable from a website and can be listened to using 
software on a computer, or transferred to another playback 
device such as an mp3 player or iPod. It is not protected by 
DRM (see above) and can be transferred to other devices or 
stored for later listening, subject to any licence restrictions. 

Office of Communications. Ofcom is the independent 
regulator and competition authority for the UK 
communications industries, with responsibilities across 
television, radio, telecommunications and wireless 
communications services. 

Peer-to-peer network means a network of computers (or 
"peers") each of which makes the files stored on it available 
for download (via the internet) by other users of the same 
network. In essence, a peer-to-peer network dispenses with 
the notion of "clients" and "servers", and regards all 
connected computers equally -i.e. simultaneously as both 
"clients" and "servers". 

Platform in this document generally refers to a delivery 
mechanism, but also specifically refers to the computer 
operating system (for example, Windows XP) and the 
software application (for example, Windows Media Player) 
for accessing BBC content over the internet. 

A digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, 
made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal 
audio player. 

Public Value Assessment, which is one element of the Public 
Value Test (see below). This document is a PVA. 

Public Value Test, this is the means by which any significant 
proposal for change to the BBC's UK public services are 
subject to full and public scrutiny. The Trust, in reaching its 
conclusions on the Public Value Test, must be satisfied that 
any likely adverse impact on the market is justified by the 
likely public value of the change before concluding that the 
proposed change should be made. 

Streaming is a means by which video or audio content can be 

distributed across the Internet to a user, so that the user 
sees or hears the content as it is being sent from the server 
to the computer. The content is not stored on the user's 

This is in contrast to downloadable content, where the user 
first downloads the content file in its entirety, and then 
listens to or views it. 

VoD Video on Demand. In this document, the term refers to the 
BBC Executive's proposal to offer a service allowing viewers 
to access BBC programming from the previous seven days 
over a cable TV connection.