Ofcom Mobile Sector Assessment Interactive Executive Summary

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Ofcom is required by Parliament to review public service broadcasting at least once every five years, and to make recommendations about how its quality can be maintained and strengthened. In doing so, our focus is on audiences’ needs: both understanding them, and ensuring they continue to be met as sweeping changes take place in the media landscape.

The Public Service Broadcasting review so far

Comments

Mrs A Sweetman on 16 October 2008 at 11:55am

With the proposals to close Border TV it shows a big mis understanding of our our needs in the North West Borders. To show uderstanding would be to continue with our local news station. The North West and North East are very different and the North East news will dominate and have no relevance to us in the North West. This is more to do with funds then maintaining quality of service.

David Rumble on 22 October 2008 at 12:06pm

I am concerned at the proposal to reduce local news programs on ITV. I have no interest at all what happens outside of KENT . We used to have a great local news service in the days of TVS and southern. Now we hear about Southampton Essex and recently all we had was from Southampton. Meridian at 6pm has been up to now been THE local news station and is recorded if not able to watch live. I am amazed that people seem prepared to pay to watch repeats and other rubbish on the new Sky channels that were complained about to the BBC for showing for free!
I just hope we do not end up with only ONE channel worth watching and end up with USA adverts every 5 mins. TV will not be worth having at all then.

Hope this is the right place to voice opinion but as ITV seems to be getting rid of lots of people will not make a scrap pf difference.

Concerned
D Rumble

Bob on 1 November 2008 at 4:33pm

The BBC continually fails badly on its PSB remit. We have Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand filing programmes with obscenities and even making obscene calls which the BBC have still failed to properly deal with. The BBC has lost touch with its core audience
In my view the BBC is basically a commercial channel with a very small amount of PSB. I believe that the BBC should now become a commercial station.

PSB could be maintained by using one of the current channels. This channel would be paid for by a small licence fee. The operation of this channel could be put out to tender.
PSB content first of all needs to be properly defined. At present there is no meaning full definition. I believe the best way to deal with PSB is for an independent body commission PSB content. The above channel could be split so that each of the nations has its own version. This would address the issue of local content etc.
The TV licence could then be separate for each nation enabling them to decide the level of local content they need. This could mean slightly different licence fees for Scotland, England, and Wales & NI
The above would ensure only high quality PSB material went out. It would reduce costs and improve competition and PSB quality whilst maintaining PSB content.
In a multimedia multi channel environment we should be moving towards the concept of those that watch the channels are those that pay for them.

Lou C on 27 November 2008 at 8:21pm

We are a nation where everything nowadays has to have a return on investment - including PSBs which are, surely, produced for the benefit of the public and not the broadcaster.

The changes to the ITV areas has resulted in the geographic inclusion of news bearing absolutely no regional relationship to my local area and the exclusion of news about the more frequently visited local areas.

The demise of regional programming in general, following the 'absorption' of regional franchises into Granada is bad enough, but the further removal or reduction of any PSB and particularly local news broadcast to logical regions (rather than economically convenient) is yet another erosion of any sense of community and ergo the core values of this society.

Trevor Lockwood on 28 November 2008 at 8:17am

Current legislation is biased towards commercial broadcasting, with community stations severely restricted as to area, wattage, advertising revenue opportunities. Public service broadcasting should take precedence over private gain.
If creativity is not to be stifled then community stations, which increasingly lie at the heart of the creative process should be encouraged.
As the designer of all AppleMac products wisely says: 'an idea is fragile and needs to be handled with care.'
Our existing system creates enormous barriers, most of which are designed to ensure that officialdom can avoid blame for making a wrong decision.
We need ideas, we need to make mistakes, we need to allow our people to experiment and flourish.

Trevor Lockwood on 28 November 2008 at 9:59am

Current legislation is biased towards commercial broadcasting, with community stations severely restricted as to area, wattage, advertising revenue opportunities. Public service broadcasting should take precedence over private gain.
If creativity is not to be stifled then community stations, which increasingly lie at the heart of the creative process should be encouraged.
As the designer of all AppleMac products wisely says: 'an idea is fragile and needs to be handled with care.'
Our existing system creates enormous barriers, most of which are designed to ensure that officialdom can avoid blame for making a wrong decision.
We need ideas, we need to make mistakes, we need to allow our people to experiment and flourish.

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