Category Archives: Public Service Broadcasting

Broadcasting White Paper published

The DCMS has published its Broadcasting White Paper promising “a new golden age of programming” with changes to regulations on SVoDs, sports rights, and the privatisation of Channel 4. One change is that C4 will be able to start producing … Continue reading

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BBC as an antidote to social media competitors

A good post from Diana Coyle on the need for “a publicly-funded, public purpose and independent competitor of scale” in online markets such as social media.” “…foreign observers find it impossible to understand why UK governments are so keen to … Continue reading

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Production growing in the nations and regions

Back in September, I posted here about The Pact Census (as carried out by Oliver and Ohlbaum). I’ve been meaning to pull out something about the impact on regional production from that for a while. So here goes. Pact chose … Continue reading

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BBC funding statment from the VLV

The Voice of the Listener and Viewer has published the following Briefing note and press release in response to yesterday’s BBC funding settlement.The briefing includes the claim that, on current projections, the BBC will be in deficit by between approximately … Continue reading

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Lord Bragg: The BBC is an institution that is being damaged for political purposes

I can’t find it on the Radio Times website, but the Times is quoting Melvyn Bragg’s article there, saying… “…as the BBC entered its centenary year, it found itself “sniped at, disparaged and blamed for every current malaise from culture … Continue reading

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BFI Screen Business report details the scale of the UK production boom

Anyone who has any doubts about the size and scale of the UK production boom can have a look at the latest BFI Screen Business report (if the annual Pact Census most recently published in September wasn’t convincing enough!). The … Continue reading

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A distinctly British focus for TV programmes

David Tennant has been questioning some of the arguments around demands for ‘distinctly British programmes (or ‘lovely jubbly telly‘ as John Whittingdale didn’t say recently). “Is there some inherent criticism within this plea for more Britishness?” he said in the … Continue reading

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Public Service Broadcasting – contestable funds under threat?

The dust has long settled on the Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Funds Consultation [pdf] from 2016 (the outgoing culture team were fairly keen on them but Nadine Dorries may not be), and the Times [£] has a worrying set of … Continue reading

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Yet another big streamer eyes European markets

This time, it’s Paramount +. “In the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA), for example, Paramount Plus will launch on Sky platforms. Craig explained that according to the deal, Paramount Plus and Comcast/ViacomCBS streaming co-venture SkyShowtime will be … Continue reading

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French cultural policy

France has always had an interesting, and different approach to cultural policy to the UK’s equivalent. In thinking about this last night, I remembered this 2013 document [pdf] from the Coalition Francaise and I thought I’d bookmark it here. This … Continue reading

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More on UK/US unscripted production partnerships

Futher to the recent post about Netflix partnerships with UK PSBs, NBC Universal has also done an unscripted formats deal with the BBC.

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Free database of legal developments in the Europen audiovisual sector

This one is probably only useful to massive geeks (hi!) but I’m telling you about it anyway just in case you find it useful. The European Audiovisual Observatory maintains a database of legal developments in all key areas, all key … Continue reading

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Costs of streaming services relative to the TV licence fee

Tim Davie has been talking to the DCMS select committee yesterday about the licence fee. Some highlights: “Netflix, Spotify, Apple – price rises of 20-30% this year, we have gone up 1% this year.” There’s a useful summary of SVoD … Continue reading

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The Cultural Diversity arguments against Channel Four privatisation

The UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity (UKCCD) have published their submission to the consultation on Channel Four privatisation here [pdf]. It makes a key point that should concern Bectu members who are concerned about the quality of the content that … Continue reading

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French windows (excuse the pun)

There are a few posts up here about how content regulation drives investment into film and TV, how the AVMS Directive is translated into national legislation and regulations, and on the general armoury that national governments have to shape the … Continue reading

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BBC Chair warns against further cuts

From the FT [£], BBC Chair Richard Sharp warned that the licence fee must keep pace with inflation, pointing out that management (currently working towards savings of almost £1bn by next March had gone as far as they could: ““The … Continue reading

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talkTV signs Piers Morgan in a new twist to the news impartiality story

Following Andrew Neil’s departure from GB News, the old line about how… The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese … may be relevant again. Rupert Murdoch’s News UK group (headed up by Rebekah Brooks) … Continue reading

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BBC Three relaunch as a full TV channel provisionally approved by Ofcom – EPG consultation to follow

Big news for us today. pic.twitter.com/eQ1xfgkP1T — BBC Three (@bbcthree) September 16, 2021 The channel has had a good run recently with Fleabag and Normal People and in noting Ofcom’s provision approval, the regulator said:

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“Ten Culture Secretaries in ten years. We need a grown-up dialogue with government” – Davie

From Tim Davie’s speech at day two of the Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge: “We’re on 10 culture secretaries in last 10 years… the key thing I found is we need a really serious, grown-up dialogue with government to … Continue reading

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The Lovely Jubbly Telly Rule – and will Channel Four privatisation go ahead?

In an interesting twist to the cultural diversity on the screen debate, as UK-commissioned productions sector face a perfect storm that could threaten the UK’s long-established ability to produce TV content, written by UK writers, featuring UK actors and locations, … Continue reading

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Ampere Analysis – strong case against privatisation of Channel Four

A strong thread here from Ampere Analysis, and a detailed report of their findings is here in The Guardian. Ampere has assessed a range of potential options surrounding the privatisation of @Channel4. Here is what we found: — Ampere Analysis … Continue reading

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Channel Four privatisation: Advertisers voice concerns about damaged competitiveness

… particularly if sold to ITV or Sky. The FT [£] reports… “Isba [Incorporated Society of British Advertisers] also said there was a “substantial risk” that Channel 4 programming appealing to a young and diverse audience would be “diluted and … Continue reading

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Is UK audiovisual content about to hit a perfect storm?

I’d suggest that there is an emerging picture of where UK production is likely to head in the next few years, and it’s one that should worry us – particularly from the point of view of cultural diversity (which is … Continue reading

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How AVMS applies in every EU country

The Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, like all EU Directives, is translated into national legislation and regulation by the member states concerned. The European Audiovisual Observatory tracks all of this on this table here. (H/T Carole Tongue for the … Continue reading

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Cultural Diversity is not just about limiting discrimination – it’s an economic and industrial factor

It’s worth bookmarking Unesco’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions here. This is an important global statement on the need for cultural expressions to be produced, distributed, and owned ‘locally’ (in the Nations and … Continue reading

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Study on financial investment obligations placed on VOD providers in Europe.

This, from Dr Marlen Komorowski of Cardiff University for the The Media & Society Programme of SMIT. It looks at the way VOD providers are subject to various financial investment obligations (one of the key forms of regulation and incentive … Continue reading

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Channel Four privatisation – picking though the arguments

Yesterday’s FT [£] had a useful reminder of the objections to Channel Four privatisation, or more accurately, a critique of the reasons for privatising the channel. The sale has a number of objectives: Making the broadcaster more sustainable. John Whittingdale … Continue reading

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Ofcom shenanigans – update

The film and TV industries, it’s probably true to say that it’s more important to beat regulators than it is to beat competitors. If a regulator has a particular set of prejudices, it can be very bad for the industry … Continue reading

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Theatre Tax Relief paid out £74 million to 3,660 productions last year

According to The Stage [£]… “This represents a £3 million increase on the figure paid out in 2019/20, which was £71 million, and comes amid calls for the tax credit to be increased to help the sector recover after the … Continue reading

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Edinburgh TV Festival debates C4 sell-off

Broadcast has a report here [£]. In a statement that my be dismissed as hyperbole, John Thoday of Avalon says C4 privatisation will “kill the indie sector” and calls for the government to give C4 in it’s current form a … Continue reading

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Government deliberately delaying decisions about appointments to Channel 4’s board

According to the Times, @StewartPurvis, who stepped down as board member of Channel 4 says the Govt is deliberately delaying decisions about appointments to Channel 4’s board because it wants to install people sympathetic to privatisation pic.twitter.com/GbkVMLClEc — Joe Public … Continue reading

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Channel 4 and mutual ownership – Labour proposal

There have been quite a few posts on here already about C4 privatisation. This is an interesting twist, from The Co-operative Party (sister-party to the UK Labour Party) – proposing that control of Channel 4 could (via Broadcast [£]) be … Continue reading

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BBC at Elstree update

There was a post here recently about the Elstree Studios site (power struggle, lots of expansion, council involved in a row, etc), but the term ‘Elstree Studios’ is a cause of substantial confusion (not least because it’s quite common for … Continue reading

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Oxford Media Convention debate on Channel Four privatisation

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More on Channel Four privatisation

In 2016 (the last time it was mooted) Patrick Barwise and Gillian Brooks were commissioned by Channel 4 to write a report entitled ‘The Consequences of Privatising Channel 4′ [pdf] all of which may prove useful to anyone responding to … Continue reading

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