The BBC has launched an inquiry into how it makes its financial reporting.
In the new report, commissioned by the broadcaster, the corporation says it is “trying to better understand how remunerated and unpaid work is delivered across the BBC”.
The BBC said it had a number of concerns about the methodology used by some of its reporting partners, and that it is investigating “all potential issues” raised by the report.
In a statement to The Independent, BBC chief executive Richard Branson said the broadcaster is “currently considering the report’s findings”.
We have to be transparent about what we do, what we’re not doing, and how we’re doing it. “
This is a serious matter for us.
The BBC is in the midst of a series of changes to its journalism that have been described as a “tour de force” by a range of organisations. “
As we have said before, we want to build an industry that is driven by the people and the news we produce, not by the way we pay.”
The BBC is in the midst of a series of changes to its journalism that have been described as a “tour de force” by a range of organisations.
Its journalists have faced cuts, a review into its editorial practices was called into question, and a number have been dismissed or suspended.
The BBC announced on Tuesday that the corporation would begin a review of the way it produces and markets its news, with the aim of reducing the risk of the BBC becoming “part of the problem”.
In addition, it has also said it will change its remunerations system to better reflect the “broad spectrum of BBC content”.
The organisation is seeking feedback from the public on the report, with comments due on Monday.
The new report comes as the BBC is embroiled in a media-rights controversy after a report revealed the corporation paid nearly $600,000 to settle allegations it misquoted its news presenter Mark Thompson.
Mr Thompson, who was suspended by the BBC last year for breaching the corporation’s code of ethics, is said to have said the corporation had to pay $3.5 million to a group of whistleblowers who alleged they had been treated unfairly.
He is also alleged to have been paid more than $3 million by the corporation to settle legal claims for libel.
BBC executives are set to be questioned over the matter on Tuesday.
Last month, the BBC board was criticised by the Communications Workers Union for failing to protect the rights of employees.
The unions’ chief executive, Tracey Crouch, called for a public inquiry into the corporation, saying it was “unacceptable” that a “corporate culture of silence” allowed the BBC to be “too lenient” to whistleblowers.
The company is currently under investigation for failing its “prestige” by failing to hold whistleblowers to account.
The latest report from the watchdog comes after the BBC commissioned an inquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority in June last year, following a number reports into its media coverage.
The inquiry found the corporation did not properly oversee its reporters, the number of journalists it employed, and the quality of its journalism.
The watchdog found the BBC had a “culture of secrecy” that was “irreversible”, and recommended that it be “investigated as a matter of urgency”.
The new BBC report is the first since the report was commissioned in July, and is expected to make public some of the findings.
The regulator is also examining the BBC Corporation for its conduct in relation to a number other matters.
It will look at how the BBC manages its reporting, whether it is an effective way of producing news, and what steps it can take to improve its reporting.”