Public service

Tony Hall: UK needs strong BBC ‘more than ever in our history’

The UK needs a strong BBC “more than ever in our history” to counter fake news, carry Britain’s voice and nurture home-grown content in the face of global media competition, according to Tony Hall. Speaking at the Prospect National Conference in Birmingham this week, the BBC’s director general said that he is “very bullish” about […]

NPO lines up premium Dutch VOD service

Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO is set to launch a subscription video-on-demand service early next year.  NPO Plus is designed to have less advertising and more content than the NPO’s existing free NPO Uitzending Gemist catch-up service. The service will roll out on a one-year trial and will offer more premium programming for longer periods […]

Ofcom sets new public service license terms for ITV, Channel 5

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has ruled that ITV must deliver more regionalised news reports as part of its new public service requirements when its current license expires at the end of 2014.  Setting out terms for the next 10-year license for ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5, Ofcom approved proposals for a more localised Channel […]