This report provides information about how the television public service broadcasters are performing in terms of delivering public service programmes. The public service broadcasters are those providing Channel 3 services, Channel 4, Channel 5, and S4C. They also include the BBC in relation to a number of its channels.
It looks at what these broadcasters are spending on programmes and the amount of different types of programmes they show. It also looks at the extent to which audiences are watching public service programmes, and how satisfied they are with them.
Ofcom has a duty to assess the designated public service broadcasters, taken together, in terms of their public service purposes as set out in the Communications Act 2003. The PSB Annual Research Report was one of the outcomes of this first PSB review and serves to provide an evidence base for monitoring the delivery of PSB.
This is an annual statistical report: the 2016 edition includes data for the whole of the calendar year 2015.