Media Bill: Ofcom’s roadmap to regulation

26 February 2024

Ofcom has set out its plans for putting the Media Bill into practice, once it becomes law.

The Bill represents the first major update to media legislation for 20 years. It takes forward many of Ofcom’s recommendations to deliver a stronger system of public service media fit for the digital age, following our major review, Small Screen: Big Debate.

Specifically, the Bill provides us with new tools to ensure that UK viewers and listeners can continue to access high quality programming and journalism, while being protected from harmful content.

It makes changes to our existing responsibilities - including to our regulation of commercial radio and how we ensure that public service broadcasters deliver against their quotas. It also introduces new duties, including a requirement to put in place new regulations for online TV prominence and voice assistants, as well as a novel standards-setting code for streaming services.

We will implement the new rules as quickly as possible once they become law, ensuring our approach is fair, proportionate and effective. The timelines set out in our roadmap to regulation are based on our current understanding of the new duties and when we expect the legislation to come into force.

As Parliamentary scheduling and our own preparatory work progresses, our plans could be subject to change, and we will provide further updates as necessary.

Media Bill: Ofcom’s roadmap to regulation (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Y Bil Cyfryngau - Map Ofcom tuag at reoleiddio (PDF, 1.1 MB)