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On Thursday 12 October, two members of the BBC visited Frome College to speak to a groups of students studying Media.

As part of a brainstorming campaign, Ashley Steel, the non-executive Director for the Nation of England on the BBC Board of Directors, wanted to meet their audiences to get a better idea of what BBC viewers, listeners and readers enjoy. Ashley requested a visit at the College in order to discuss ideas from our students as they cover such a large age range.  Importantly, she is keen to hear the views of our young people and speak directly to their audience.

Ashley was accompanied by colleague Chis Sandford, Senior Advisor to Tony Hall, the Director General at the BBC, who took notes about the key points raised by the students.

The sessions were very informal, and the questions asked for example were:

  • What do you like about the BBC?
  • What do you like watching on TV, on your iPad/computer or listening to on the radio?
  • Do you watch or listen to other channels like ITV?
  • What are your favourite programmes?
  • Is there anyone you most like on the BBC or other channels?

After the sessions, both Ashley and Chris were only too happy to answer questions by the students about their respective roles at the BBC and about their wider career interests.


They both thanked the students for taking the time to speak with them, and thought it was an excellent and valuable opportunity for feedback from their viewers.

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