The BETR was established in 2005 as the broadcast industry co-regulatory body for training and skills.
We work with Ofcom, the industry and Skillset to ensure that the industry provides training and skills
development opportunities that are relevant, inclusive and cost-effective for the thousands of people it employs.
Our key stakeholders are the terrestrial, radio, cable and satellite broadcast companies who own Ofcom licences and employ 20 or more staff. Their interests are served by direct sector representation on the BETR board and through regular contact and consultation with their representative bodies, for example RadioCentre and the Satellite & Cable Broadcast Group (SCBG).
The successful implementation of the co-regulatory framework for training & skills encouraged Ofcom to transfer the equal
opportunities requirement to the BETR with effect from April 2009.
This website provides full details of our co-regulatory system, partners and stakeholders.
Below we set out our purpose, strategic aim and values.
The prime purpose of the BETR is to work with our co-regulatory partners to ensure that the relevant broadcasters comply with
Sections 27 & 337 of the Communications Act 2003.
In essence, we are here to:
- Review objectives set by the industry for its training arrangements and review the impact and effectiveness of those training arrangements
- Encourage broadcasters to promote equal opportunity in employment and career development.
We aim to stimulate improvement across the industry through a culture of self-evaluation that:
- Encourages broadcasters to analyse the equality of their employment and development practices from recruitment through the employment life cycle
- Encourages broadcasters to analyse the outcomes of their training and development activity
- Enables them to gain the maximum benefit from developing their people
- Ensures broadcasters’ actively meet both current and future people development requirements of the industry
- Supports them in their efforts to enhance the provision of high quality services to audiences and added value for shareholders.
We will do so by:
- Respecting broadcasters’ lead in determining their people development priorities
- Supporting broadcasters’ development performance and giving appropriate guidance when required
- Promoting equality of opportunity and development from recruitment onwards
- When appropriate, providing constructive challenge to broadcasters’ people development performance
- Being independent, fair in our evidence-based judgement and sensitive to broadcasters’ differing size and circumstances
- Adopting a pragmatic approach when assessing training provision and monitoring equality of opportunity
- Being transparent in our procedures with our processes open to scrutiny
- Being accountable for our performance and expenditure to all our stakeholders recognising the current pressures on our stakeholders and ensuring we provide value for money to all.