Recommendations to Government on the future of public service media

Date published: 15 July 2021

Our Small Screen: Big Debate review has looked at how to renew the UK’s public service media (PSM) system for the next decade. Following our consultation (PDF, 3.4 MB) in December 2020, this statement contains recommendations for action by Government and industry.

Statement: Recommendations to Government on the Future of Public Service Media (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Datganiad: Argymhellion i Lywodraeth y DU ar ddyfodol Cyfryngau Gwasanaeth Cyhoeddus (PDF, 2.0 MB)

We received over 100 responses to our consultation. There was a wide range of views, but agreement on some fundamental issues: the importance of PSM for UK viewers and the UK economy; and the urgent need to update the PSM system to ensure that it is financially sustainable for the future.

Following the publication of this statement we will support Government on how our recommendations could be included in its white paper and any subsequent media legislation. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has also announced it will consult this summer on plans around regulation of on-demand services and published a consultation on the ownership and remit of Channel 4 Corporation.

Our work with DCMS will continue into the autumn. In some areas, we expect further policy development will be required to work out the detail needed for regulation, to ensure the new framework is effective and enforceable. As any new legislation and subsequent regulation is developed, we will engage closely with Government, Parliament and stakeholders.

Further documents and evidence which have informed our work to-date are also available on the research and reports page.