Ofcom Mobile Sector Assessment Interactive Executive Summary

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The model for provision of public service content beyond the BBC now faces its greatest challenge – how to harness the opportunities opened up by digital media while responding to growing pressures on funding, and reconciling the divergent needs of different audiences.

Existing institutions retain important roles, while competition for funding could create greater flexibility during an era of great change


Trevor Lockwood on 28 November 2008 at 9:05am

The money is out there, but not in ways that will satisfy multi-national corporations. Schumacher said, all those years ago, that small is beautiful. That is still correct. Extravangza has its place, but we all live in a small bubble, and it's what happens within our own sphere that is most important.
National broadcasters want to take us outside of that small focus and present a global picture - all the time.
It's great to have festivals, to celebrate as a nation, as a world people, but to attempt to have caviar and champagne every day, and to present a world where that is the case, is counter-productive.
It's correct that national broadcasters give us soaps, everyday lives presented as entertainment, but what horrible lives. When does anyone smile on Eastenders?
Is this the life we all want to lead? Where's the aspirational programming?
Where's the truly local broadcasting? Not countywide, but deep down in our small towns and villages?
It's growing, represented by community broadcasting, which must be supported if it is to encourage the youngsters putting together music in their bedrooms with Audacity or Garage Band, and adding it to social networking sites. These kids are our future. Give them a chance.

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