This report is the first in an annual series. It aims to provide an evidence base for monitoring the delivery of public service broadcasting (PSB). The designated PSB broadcasters are the BBC, ITV1, GMTV, Channel 4, Five, S4C and Teletext.
It is important to stress from the outset that this is a factual account of broadcast hours, viewing figures and audience opinions of the channels, rather than a strategic review of the PSB landscape. Its purpose is to enable both Ofcom and its stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of the current position of PSB delivery, and how this has changed over the last five years. These annual reports will be particularly valuable in the run up to digital switchover.
It will also provide important evidence for other related Ofcom projects such as the Future of News; Children’s Television; and the Channel 4 Financial Review.