Public service broadcasting


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 […]

ProSiebenSat.1 calls for new public broadcast regime and seeks funding

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has called for public funding to be made available to commercial broadcasters to support public service broadcasting that can “reach a larger number of young people”. Proposing what it described as Medienordnung 4.0 – or ‘Media Regulations 4.0’ – the broadcaster said that it hoped to prompt a discussion about the realignment […]

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 […]

Ofcom: TV viewing time down as ‘generation gap’ widens

TV viewers in the UK now watch 26 minutes less per day than they did in 2010 and there is a “widening generational gap” in viewing habits, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Public Service Broadcasting Annual Report 2016’ claims that people under 25 are watching around 25% less broadcast TV than in 2010, while […]

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, […]