PSB


SVOD significance ‘overstated’, claims CoBA executive

The significance of SVODs has been “exaggerated” by the UK press and government, claimed Adam Minns, executive director of the Commercial Broadcasting Association (CoBA), to Lords at a parliamentary evidence session. On May 14 the House of Lords Communications Committee continued its ongoing inquiry into the role of public service broadcasters (PSB) in the age […]

Ofcom: UK PSBs should pool content on a single digital platform

Ofcom chief executive Sharon White has called on the UK public service broadcasters (PSBs) to launch a single digital platform, urging the BBC to take a lead on forming the required partnerships. Speaking at Freeview’s Outside the Box event in London yesterday, the head of the UK broadcast regulator struck a note of “cautious optimism” […]

Sky urges Ofcom to look ‘beyond the rhetoric’ of PSBs in prominence decision

Sky has urged Ofcom and the UK government to “look beyond the rhetoric” of the public service broadcasters (PSBs) before making changes to rules surrounding channel prominence. In an open letter Sky’s group director of policy and public affairs, David Wheeldon, argued that the UK broadcast regulator should closely examine PSB claims before “acting to further […]

UK PSBs call for new prominence rules to tackle tech giants

The UK’s public service broadcasters have asked the government to guarantee the prominence of their linear and on-demand services in the face of mounting pressure from global giants like Netflix. In an open letter signed by the heads of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV and S4C, the broadcasters urged broadcast regulator Ofcom to modernise […]

Ofcom: viewing habits between young and old is widening

The gap between the viewing habits of the youngest and oldest audiences is widening, according to Ofcom’s latest research into public service broadcasting (PSB). The UK broadcast regulator’s PSB Annual Report 2017 said that viewers aged 65 and over watched an average of 5 hours 44 minutes of broadcast TV on a TV set in […]

EBU calls for protection of PSB in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The collapse of public service broadcasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina would be “completely unacceptable,” attendees at an EBU event in Sarajevo heard this week. The conference was organised to address fears that public service media could collapse in the country due to insufficient and unsustainable funding and the need for reforms to media law. “Strong public […]

UK Culture Secretary: TV one of UK’s greatest successes

The UK’s new culture secretary, Matt Hancock, praised TV as “one of the UK’s greatest success stories”. Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Hancock said that in recent years TV has grown at twice the rate of the rest of the UK economy and that annually the sector generates more than £13 billion in […]

Only half of young people’s viewing is through live TV

Only 50% of 16-24 year-olds’ audio-visual consumption is through live television, according to UK broadcast regulator Ofcom. In its third review of public service TV broadcasting, and its first since 2008, Ofcom said that watching content online, on-demand and across a range of devices are “increasingly important” to viewers, particularly younger people. “Among 16-24 year olds, […]