Public service broadcaster


BBC defends right to remain a ‘universal public broadcaster’

The BBC Trust has defended its right to remain a “universal public service broadcaster” and opposed the potential sale of its commercial arm BBC Worldwide or future ‘top-slicing’ of the licence fee. In its formal response to the UK Government’s Green Paper consultation on the BBC’s Charter Review, the BBC’s governing body claimed that, at […]

Fragmentation could damage TV’s educational role, warns Brian Cox

The fragmentation of television could jeopardise the medium’s essential ability to educate its audience, warned broadcaster and scientist Brian Cox, speaking at IBC this morning.  In a keynote speech titled ‘television’s expanding universe’, Cox said that television was the “most powerful cultural medium” in terms of influence and that broadcasters therefore had a responsibility to […]

UK programming spend in decline, says Ofcom

Total spend on programming across the five main UK public service broadcast (PSB) channels, as well as the BBC’s digital channels, dropped 2% year-on-year in 2012, according to Ofcom stats.  In its Public Service Broadcasting Annual Report 2013, the UK broadcast regulator said that the decrease in spend resulted in £2.9 billion (€3.37 billion) going […]