BBC offers expertise

Trying to avoid top-slicing the licence fee, the BBC has expanded on a “practical partnerships” proposal focusing on areas such as digital production, regional and local news, and distribution partnerships with commercial arm BBC Worldwide.

In its submission to Ofcom’s second public service broadcasting review, the BBC has questioned whether there is case for intervention to support PSB plurality in a digital age by giving licence fee money to other broadcasters, including Channel 4. The BBC has offered a raft of “initial ideas” on a range of “practical partnerships” with other public service broadcasters that it said could make a “significant contribution to the industry and benefit audiences”.

Ideas floated by the BBC include sharing its “knowledge and expertise” in digital production with producers, broadcasters and publishers.

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