Ofcom Mobile Sector Assessment Interactive Executive Summary

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The principal choices to address its funding deficit are:

  • increasing its regulatory assets, for example allocating to it regulatory assets currently held by ITV1 and Five (or by being allocated the value of these assets which would be delivered by auction);
  • building its scale by transferring some or all of BBC Worldwide to Channel 4; or
  • providing direct funding through the switchover surplus in the licence fee, an industry levy or direct taxation.


Martin Curry on 1 December 2008 at 9:14pm

Make Film 4, E4, and More 4 PSBs!!

They will then not have to compete with non psbs for broadcasting space on Freeview Multiplexs but will receive guarented space on PSB muxes.

Douglas Millar on 2 December 2008 at 8:01am

Another alternative might be to require SKY to provide X-hours of programming free of charge.

stephen simcott on 11 December 2008 at 8:07pm

Never has such a daft idea ever been made public, if C4 are failing then maybe they should be taken over by BBC Worldwide.

But should the BBCs assets be given away to a failing enterprise, NO NEVER that is just madness.

get a grip ofcom

Bryan Simcott on 11 December 2008 at 9:15pm

To whom it may concern. The reason Itv and Channel 4 are in deep financial troubles, is because , the greed of government and Ofcom sold license to too many tv stations and as there are so many commercial stations around the Advertising revenue is therefore leaner. As we now head into a credit squeeze it is clear that there is not sufficient funds to keep all the stations alive. so what to do.

1 if there is insufficient funds for Channel 4, then close it down.

2. do not sell anymore space to other companies (in the unlikely event they will want to purchase anyway)

3 reduce the over all amount of trivial , indifferent, run of the mill drivel channels available.

the upshot of implementing these actions would increase the advertising revenue for the companies still solvent.

The BBC is and the Licence fee is for the BBC tv and radio. it SHOULD NOT and should NEVER be used to dilute the remit of the BBC or to allow the BBC to become a weaker player in the tv market. The BBC should be left alone to invest in quality programming, something the commercial channels regularly fail to do.

Bryan Simcott

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