Ofcom Mobile Sector Assessment Interactive Executive Summary

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In this model, the BBC would remain as the cornerstone of provision, but additional funding would be opened up to a wider pool of providers. Channel 4 could retain its PSB status along with its existing regulatory assets, but be required to bid for any additional funds alongside other providers. Current Channel 3 licensees and Five could also bid for funding, alongside others, if they wished to continue to contribute.

Comments

Ian Garrow on 25 September 2008 at 9:47pm

We're back to the competitive funding model - you seem anxious that this model be seen as the preferred method - in my experience, competition simply results in a "lowest common factor" result - with competitors only providing the most "popular" material.

Ian Parsons on 28 November 2008 at 2:55pm

Widening the pool of PSB providers beyond the current commercial PSBs could see PSB content propping up minority channels and spread too thinly to reach an audience that justifies the expense of the content. With only the existing PSB broadcasters guaranteed universal coverage on the digital terrestrial platform, extending PSB funding to a wider range of channels would not be appropriate unless they could be accommodated on a universal multiplex and were to provide a significant amount of PSB output.

Douglas Millar on 2 December 2008 at 7:58am

I believe ITV should be the main PSB provider alongside the BBC. In Ulster and Scotland they are best placed to provide programmes required in the Nations. (I would also suggest the Wales ITV 1 licence should also play an important role).

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