Select Committee on Communications and Digital
Public service broadcasting: as vital as ever

1st Report of Session 2019 - published 5 November 2019 - HL Paper 16



Chapter 1: Introduction


Figure 1: Viewing habits of all users aged over 16

Figure 2: Viewing habits of 16–34 year-olds

Figure 3: Growth of SVODs

Figure 4: Changing market

Our inquiry

Box 1: Public service broadcasters

Chapter 2: Public service broadcasting


Box 2: PSB purposes and characteristics

Serving all audiences

Younger generations

Figure 5: Minutes per day spent watching BBC channels

Black, Asian and minority ethnic viewers

Commissioning and the creative process

Bringing the nation together

Listed sports events

Table 1: Listed events

Chapter 3: TV production

Investment in UK production

Box 3: Growth of the production sector

Figure 6: Total spending per year of production (£ million)

Figure 7: Total hours of HETV production per year

BFI National Archive

Cost inflation


Terms of Trade

Box 4: Terms of Trade

Affordability of high-end drama

Figure 8: Public service broadcasters’ co-production partners: Most active PSB partners by year of production

Figure 9: Spending on original content by public service broadcasters

Regional production

Table 2: Quotas for regions and nations programmes on PSBs

Chapter 4: Towards a new PSB compact


A new approach to regulation

The financial sustainability of PSBs


Commercial PSBs

Box 5: Advertising regulation

High in fat, salt and sugar advertising


Reviewing the PSB compact


Retransmission fees

Digital terrestrial television

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: Meeting with school group

Appendix 5: Inquiry visits

Appendix 6: Online survey

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