The ‘listed events’ rules are intended to ensure that certain events of national interest, such as major sporting contests, are available to view live, and for free, by the widest possible audience.
Ofcom’s role is to maintain a list of television channels that are free-to-view and widely available.
The current list of qualifying services was published in 2008. In light of developments in how viewers access television, in particular the increase in viewing via IPTV and the use of devices other than television sets to do so, we consider it appropriate to publish an updated list. We are therefore consulting on the methodology which we propose to use to assess which services qualify to be on the list.
We are not considering what the events of national interest are, as that is determined by Government. We are also not considering the associated rules for the broadcast of these events or the requirement that television channels on the list need to be free-to-view and widely available, as that is a matter for Parliament.
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As set out in paragraph 2.11 of our consultation, we have today published the model which shows our proposed methodology for calculating reception of television services.
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