The BBC needs to be far less secretive in the wake of the Savile sex abuse scandal, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said today.
Mr Pickles said Corporation need to be far more transparent when it came to handling Freedom of Information requests and publishing its expenditure online.
Speaking to Sky's Dermot Murnaghan, he said: "I think it's in all our interests for the BBC to be held in the highest esteem that it deserves and I think the problem at the heart of the BBC is that the organisation is too secretive.
"I think it should think now that it should open itself up to Freedom of Information requests. I think it should look towards publishing a lot of its expenditure online. My department shows all its credit card (expenditure) online in real terms. Anything above £250 we put online.
"It's that kind of response that the BBC needs to understand. I don't think it can see itself away from the real world and I think part of the process of re-establishing the BBC in the affection of the nation, is that the BBC has to be far more open."