Speaking to the UK House of Commons Committee for Exiting the EU, the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) has called on the Government to commit to seeking an ambitious deal on broadcasting before companies are forced to activate contingency plans.
COBA’s Executive Director Adam Minns told MPs on the Committee that international broadcasting was a £1 billion [€1.13bn] sector that was driving growth in the British broadcasting industry. But “no deal” would put this growth at risk by forcing broadcasters to restructure their European operations in order to continue broadcasting to EU countries.
“The Government has told us what is off the table, but it has not set out the type of arrangements that it wants to secure,” advised Minns. “We know the Government cannot promise a deal, but it can promise to fight for arrangements on broadcasting that are ambitious, and it can give industry confidence by explaining what that would look like.”
“Companies cannot wait until March 2019 to make these decisions – without more clarity, they will have to activate contingency plans within months or even weeks,” he warned. “It is crucial that the Government gives industry confidence that it will fight for broadcasting.”
COBA highlighted the following key points:
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