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Ofcom consults on PSBs and indie production

February 2, 2021

By Colin Mann

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom is inviting evidence on the relationship between public service broadcasters (PSBs) and the independent TV production sector.

In December 2020, Ofcom published Small Screen: Big Debate (SS:BD), a consultation looking at how to strengthen and maintain public service media in the UK for the next decade and beyond.

The current regulatory rules and guidance which affect programme commissioning from independent producers were designed when the sector and the way audiences consumed content were very different.

So, as part of SS:BD, Ofcom is taking a closer look at the current relationship between the PSBs and the independent TV production sector, to see if those regulatory terms remain effective. Specifically, it is seeking evidence on whether any rule changes might be needed to further benefit viewers, to better support the financial sustainability of producers and commissioners, and secure the diversity and attractiveness of the sector.

The call for evidence closes on March 16th 2021. It will use the evidence and information gathered, along with other responses to its wider SS:BD consultation, to inform its final recommendations to Government in the summer of 2021.

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