Update published 4 July 2019
In our July 2018 consultation, we asked whether new legislation was needed for public service broadcasting (PSB) to remain easy to find as viewers increasingly watch TV online. Having received views from broadcasters and other stakeholders, we are now setting out our recommendations to Government for a new framework that will ensure that PSB content is easy for viewers to find in the online world.
The prominence of the PSB traditional, linear channels within electronic programme guides (EPGs) is protected by rules set out in Ofcom’s EPG Code. The Digital Economy Act 2017 introduced a new duty for Ofcom to review the EPG Code by December 2020. This statement concludes our review of the prominence provisions of the EPG Code.
We are amending the EPG Code to ensure the main five PSB channels (BBC1, BBC2, Channel 3 services, Channel 4 and Channel 5) remain easy to find. We are also setting minimum levels of prominence for other PSB and Local TV services. This will ensure that viewers can continue to find PSB channels easily and will make some PSB services easier to find.
Recommendations to government for a new framework to keep PSB TV prominent in an online world
Argymhellion i’r Llywodraeth ar fframwaith newydd i gadw teledu darlledu gwasanaeth cyhoeddus yn amlwg mewn byd ar-lein
Full report: MTM Review of TV user interfaces in the UK market (Recommendations to goverment for a new framework)
Summary of findings: MTM Review of TV user interfaces in the UK market (Recommendations to government for a new framework)
Annex 1. Legislative Framework for PSB Prominence (Statement: Changes to the EPG Code)
Annex 3. Ofcom's assessment of the evidence base (Statement: Changes to the EPG Code)
Annex 4. Ofcom’s EPG slot price modelling and interpretation (Statement: Changes to the EPG Code)
Annex 5. The EPG Code: Appropriate prominence provisions (Statement: Changes to the EPG Code)
Revised economic model, 4 July 2019 (Statement: Changes to the EPG Code)
Consultation on proposed changes to the linear EPG Code and future of the regime
Adolygiad o’r drefn amlygrwydd: Ymgynghoriad ar y newidiadau arfaethedig i’r Cod EPG llinol a dyfodol y drefn