Consultation: The future of public service media
Date published: 8 December 2020
Update: 2 February 2021 – Call for evidence: Public service broadcasters and the UK production sector published.
We are consulting on our findings from Small Screen: Big Debate. Our review examines how to strengthen and maintain public service broadcasting (PSB) for the next decade and beyond, in the face of unprecedented changes to technology, financing and viewer behaviour.
We have found that PSB content is still highly valued by audiences – with trusted, accurate news and programmes made about the UK holding particular importance. The public service broadcasters also play a vital role in underpinning the UK’s creative economy.
But with funding under pressure and viewers turning away in favour of global streaming services, we’ve found that traditional PSB is unlikely to survive in the online world, unless broadcasting laws and regulation are overhauled, and broadcasters accelerate their transformation for the digital age.
Our review identifies what a new PSB framework could look like, along with options for a new model for stable funding. It also sets out how new providers could help deliver public service media in future.
The consultation is currently open and closes on 16 March 2021. We will then make final recommendations to Government later next year.