Ofcom unveils PSB blueprint

Ofcom has published a blueprint for UK public service broadcasting (PSB) over the next decade.

The new approach is set out in a series of recommendations to government and Parliament.

According to Ofcom the proposal will ensure that viewers are able to watch programmes they value ,and ensure that high quality content will be available on-demand on digital television, over the internet, on mobile devices and in the TV schedules.

The blueprint recommends that the BBC remain at the heart of public service broadcasting in the UK with a role in pioneering the development and take-up of content across new digital platforms.

The regulator said it also wants to free up ITV and Five as strong commercial networks but with limited public service commitments and guarantee a choice of broadcast news in the devolved nations and English regions.

Another recommendation in the statement was to position Channel 4 at the centre of an alternative public service voice to the BBC, though partnerships, joint ventures and possibly mergers.

Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: "These proposals set out what we believe is required to fulfil a vision of diverse, vibrant and engaging public service broadcasting content across a range of digital media."

DTG Staff  |  21.01.2009

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