The lies that form the Common Purpose of the BBC

Read the following by Sir Michael Lyons - Chairman BBC Trust, which appears on the Audience Council of England website.

"What we do. The BBC Trust exists to get the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers. Audience Councils form a vital link between the Trust and the public. During the past year, Audience Council England has assessed the services the BBC provides for the English licence fee payer and more widely for audiences across the whole of the UK.The pace of the Council's work has stepped up, with a greater focus on engaging directly with audiences through the work of the 12 Regional Audience Councils. As part of the Trust's overall work to better serve all audiences, during the year we hosted events for more than 400 young people aged between 17 and 21, resulting in some surprising insights into how young people consume broadcasting media.

The membership of ACE and RACs aims to reflect as fully as possible the diversity of the communities in each of the BBC's broadcast regions. In an innovative approach for our volunteer members, they also visited families in their homes to find out more about what people expect and want from the BBC by way of entertainment."

Notice the "BBC Trust exists to get the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers". What Sir Michael Lyons fails to mention is the £158,100 that the BBC has spent on the political and pro EU charity Common Purpose.

It will come as no surprise therefore that even the BBC Audience Council is biased by Common Purpose trainees. Read on:

"Jill Hogan is Head of Marketing and Communications at Ravensbourne, a leading higher education institution specialising in digital media, design and innovation. She is responsible for the leadership and strategic development of public relations and stakeholder engagement programmes, internal communications, brand management and student recruitment.Jill has over 12 years experience in strategic marketing communications and public relations. Before joining Ravensbourne, she was Head of Communications at Arts Council England, South East. Jill has an honours degree in drama and postgraduate diplomas in arts management and public relations.

She is a Common Purpose graduate and a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Jill lives with her partner and two young children in Maidstone. Between them they consume many hours of wide-ranging BBC broadcast and online output every week."