The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK’s House of Commons has launched an inquiry which will consider the future of public service broadcasting (PSB) in a digital age.
How PSB is funded, the content offered and how it is regulated will be examined against alternative subscription, streaming services and Freeview services.
In addition to the BBC, other broadcasters with PSB responsibilities are ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and in the devolved regions, STV in Scotland, S4C in Wales and UTV in Northern Ireland.
The inquiry follows several developments that concern the BBC, including the government’s consultation on decriminalising licence fee evasion and the cost of funding free TV licences for those aged over 75 from June. The financial impact on the BBC, including cuts to some parts of its services, will form part of a broader examination of funding models.
Terms of Reference
The Committee invites written evidence from those who wish to contribute to the inquiry on the following areas:
The Committee is inviting written submissions by 17.00 on Thursday April 30th 2020.