Ofcom Mobile Sector Assessment Interactive Executive Summary

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Because the costs of provision for some Channel 3 licensees will soon outweigh the benefits of PSB status, it is likely that replacement funding will be needed for nations and regions services, particularly news. The options as we see them are:

  • Do nothing, and allow provision to decline over time, against clear audience preferences;
  • Provide new public funding for Channel 3 licensees in the nations and regions;
  • Introduce competitive funding for services in the nations and regions to enable other providers to bid, potentially enabling the creation of cross-media services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; or
  • Fund the creation of dedicated channels for the devolved nations, such as that proposed by the Scottish Broadcasting Commission.

Provision of news and information for the devolved nations is an essential requirement for any future model, and is likely to need replacement funding

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