The future of public service broadcasting Contents



1 Introduction

Public service broadcasting in the UK

A changing landscape

Principles of public service broadcasting

Our inquiry

2 Public service broadcasting: still relevant?

The role of linear broadcasting

Universality and accessibility

Broadcast vs online delivery

Impact of Covid-19

The role of news

Regional News

Reaching younger audiences

Provision for children

The TV licence fee

Decriminalisation of TV licence fee evasion

Licence fee non-payment

Funding models

The production sector

Terms of trade

3 Regulation and legislation


Achieving prominence

The rise of streaming

Relationships between PSBs and SVoDs

Online advertising

The Digital Markets Unit

Collaboration between PSBs

4 Diversity and representation

Diversity within the industry

Workforce data



Minority language content

5 The road ahead

Annex: Funding for public service broadcasting

The shift away from the licence fee

The challenges of making the change

The trade-offs in different funding models

The implications of shifting away from the current UK licence fee

Principles and practices of publicly funding public service broadcasting

The four core principles for funding public service broadcasting

Terms and conditions for publicly funding public service broadcasting

Evaluation of the principal public funding models for public service broadcasting

Other funding models

Case studies: Finland and Germany



Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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