It would be nice if they stopped slagging it all off for a change
On Tuesday 9 July the House of Lords Communications Committee will hold its final evidence sessions for its inquiry into the future of public service broadcasters (PSB) in the age of on demand. The committee will question Ofcom and Margot James MP, the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries.
On 4 July Ofcom published its review of 'prominence' for public service broadcasting. It recommended extending the prominence regime beyond TV programme guides to ensure PSB content is easily discoverable on on-demand platforms. In its first session, the committee will ask Ofcom about this and many other issues raised in its inquiry to date. It will also examine Ofcom's priorities for its upcoming review of public service broadcasting and whether Ofcom has sufficient powers to hold PSBs to account where they fail to appeal to particular audiences.
In its second session the committee will hear from the Minister responsible for broadcasting, digital and the creative industries. The committee will explore the Government’s view on the BBC licence fee, the impact of Brexit on the regulation of TV-like content and how the Government encourages the development of TV production across the UK.