Consultation: Listed Events

  • Start: 26 October 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 January 2019

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.

Update 17 January 2019: additional information about listed events model

Information setting out how question responses from the BARB establishment survey combine to define the groups of household types used in the model, is available on request.

Main documents

Consultation: Listed Events
(PDF File, 416.8 KB)

Supporting documents

Listed Events model
(MS Excel Document, 937.4 KB)
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Responder name Type
BBC (PDF File, 205.0 KB) Organisation
International Olympic Committee (PDF File, 124.6 KB) Organisation
ITV (PDF File, 142.8 KB) Organisation
STV (PDF File, 181.1 KB) Organisation
techUK (PDF File, 111.5 KB) Organisation
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