Ofcom has a duty to assess the designated public service broadcasters (PSBs), taken together, in terms of their delivery of the public service purposes set out in the 2003 Communications Act.
This is the second report in an annual series that 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. This report gives 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 in the UK, and how this has changed over the last five years.
These annual reports will provide an evidence base for the performance of the public service broadcasters in the lead-up to digital switchover. Ofcom's second PSB Review is currently under way, in which Ofcom will assess the delivery of PSB and recommend ways of maintaining and strengthening quality of public service broadcasting. Data from this report have been used extensively within the PSB review.