ITV, C5 licences renewed, PSB commitments upped?

UK Culture secretary Maria Miller has told ITV and Channel 5 that they may be expected to up their public service broadcasting commitment to news and original programming, as she confirmed the 10-year renewal of their licences.

Both of the commercial broadcasters will have their licences renewed as expected after their current agreements expire at the end of 2014, Miller confirmed this week.

Miller indicated that the broadcasters will need to “maintain, or even increase, the current level of public service requirements, such as the amount of news or original content”.

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