121. The BBC's object, its mission and the public purposes.

Under the BBC's Royal Charter and Framework Agreement1, the BBC's object is the fulfilment of its mission and the promotion of its public purposes2.

The mission of the BBC is to act in the public interest, serving all audiences through the provision of impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain3.

The public purposes of the BBC are as follows (in summary form):


    (1)     to provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them4;


    (2)     to support learning for people of all ages5;


    (3)     to show the most creative, highest