Public Service Content in a Connected Society: Ofcom’s third review of public service broadcasting

  • Start: 15 December 2014
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 26 February 2015

This document sets out Ofcom’s conclusions on its third Review of Public Service Broadcasting (PSB). It considers the performance of the PSB system as a whole, the potential challenges it faces in the future, and ways in which the system might be maintained and strengthened.

It is published alongside a separate statement which considers the performance of the PSB system in each of the UK’s nations and their regions specifically. We have also published supporting evidence, including a data annex, consultancy and new audience research.

This paper sets out the terms of reference for Ofcom's third review of Public Service Television Broadcasting (PSB) and sets out how we will:

  • report on the past delivery of public service content; and
  • examine changes in both the broadcasting and wider communications sector and their potential effect on the current PSB system.

It explains how this review will be conducted in a different manner from Ofcom's previous two PSB reviews because:

  • the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, which formed the context for our first two reviews, is complete;
  • Ofcom has decided to renew the Channel 3, 4 and 5 licences for a further ten years; and
  • Ofcom's remit in conducting the review has changed as a result of the Digital Economy Act 2010.

Because of these factors we anticipate that we will complete this review in a shorter time frame than previous PSB reviews.


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