January 14, 2010

Changing the Channel: A case for radical reform of the Public Service Broadcasting in the UK

By Mark Oliver Edited by Anna Fazackerley

The current UK Broadcasting system which was set up in the 1950s is struggling to keep up with the extraordinary changes of the digital age. It is clear that the 20th century analogue institutions that were created  are now worryingly out of date.

This report warns that public service broadcasting needs to be radically overhauled if it is to survive in the new digital age. It calls for the BBC to place quality before ratings, and stop spending huge resources on sports rights, programmes for 16 to 35 year olds and popular entertainment, which other channels would deliver anyway. Instead of crowding out commercial schemes, the BBC management should spend up to 5% of total licence fee income on co-funding PSB programmes on other channels.


Anna Fazackerley

Head of Arts & Culture and Education Units, 2008-2010

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