Public service broadcasters

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” […]

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 predicts ‘Kangaroo 2’ collaboration between UK broadcasters

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along […]

BBC calls for iPlayer prominence on TV platforms

The BBC has called for on-demand players like its iPlayer service to be guaranteed prominence on all major TV platforms. In a article for the Telegraph ahead of a House of Lords debate on the issue this week, the BBC’s director, radio and education, James Purnell, said it is important that content from the BBC […]

Satisfaction with public sector channels up, investment in content down in UK

Investment in UK-originated content has decreased in recent years, but satisfaction with public service channels in the UK increased, according to communications regulator Ofcom’s latest PSB Review, which was published today. Against a backdrop of the upcoming renewal of the Charter that sets out the BBC’s mandate Ofcom noted that, while the role of the […]

Ofcom keeps door open for UK retransmission fees

Ofcom has left the door open for broadcasters like ITV to potentially charge pay TV operators to carry their channels in the future, in its latest consultation on the future of public service broadcasting (PSB). The UK broadcast regulator’s paper, published yesterday, said that should challenges to the PSB system emerge in the future, retransmission […]

UK public service programme spend and viewing drops

Public service broadcasting is “performing well” despite falls in both programme spend and viewing, according to an Ofcom review published today.  The UK broadcast regulator’s Public Service Content in a Connected Society report claims that the main public service broadcast (PSB) channels accounted for 51.1% of all UK TV viewing in 2013, down from 60.8% […]

Sky told to end public service retransmission fees

The UK government plans to end controversial retransmission fees that British public broadcasters pay to News Corp-backed satellite TV platform BSkyB for carriage. A new report released the week by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport recommends the fees be stopped to bring the arrangement between Sky and the PSBs in line with “zero […]