Ofcom's Second Public Service Broadcasting Review - Phase One: The Digital Opportunity

  • Start: 10 April 2008
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 19 June 2008

Access to public service content has expanded dramatically, but the public service broadcasters continue to play a dominant role.

In 2003, when the Communications Act came into force and we started our first review of public service television broadcasting, the world was very different. Digital television was for a minority. Freeview was only a year old. Domestic broadband was rare. Now Freeview is the leading television platform, 87% of homes watch digital services, and the majority of homes have broadband access.

In the first PSB Review, we defined public service broadcasting by its purposes and characteristics. Our research shows that audiences across the demographic spectrum continue to believe that those purposes and characteristics are vitally important. Television – and the public service channels in particular – are seen to have an essential role to play in delivering the purposes of public service broadcasting.

As we complete the first phase of our second statutory review, consumers and citizens are also turning to interactive media to fulfil many of the needs historically served by public service television broadcasting. The internet has emerged as a significant source of information, educational content and entertainment, particularly for younger audiences. Interactive technologies are beginning to play a key role in informing us and supporting participation in democratic processes. Other television channels play a role too, with significant numbers of viewers now seeing digital-only channels as their primary source of entertainment, sports and knowledge about other topics that interest them.

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acod.pdf (PDF File, 114.6 KB) Organisation
acs.pdf (PDF File, 91.9 KB) Organisation
afro_comm.pdf (PDF File, 41.6 KB) Organisation
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