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New BBC regime will allow reduction in public service broadcasting, warns ITV

The BBC will be free to show more unoriginal property and antiques shows under an Ofcom overhaul of the rules that govern its schedules, ITV has warned.<p>Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster called on the regulator to tighten its proposals or risk erosion of public service programming. …

Channel 4's Bake Off swoop aids those seeking its privatisation, says BBC boss

C4’s creative chief insists it ‘didn’t take’ hit show as James Purnell claims rival is too lightly regulated<p>The row over the BBC’s loss of the Great British Bake Off has broken into the open after a senior BBC executive said Channel 4 should be more tightly regulated and that the £75m raids made it …

What Is Happening to Television News?

Executive Summary<p>In this report, we analyse what is happening to television news. We map recent changes in traditional television viewing, the rise …

C4 Corporate

Everything that Channel 4 does is governed by our public service remit, which is agreed by Parliament and enshrined in legislation. It is the …

United Kingdom

The Observer view on the future of the BBC

The BBC is by no measure a global player, but it must jealously guard its hard-earned creative reputation<p>The BBC is too big, say critics and circling politicians. It needs to be cut down to size; £5bn a year from the licence fee and overseas sales makes it too powerful… Yet when Corporation chiefs …

Speculation on BBC future fails to change public opinion over licence fee

Criticisms of BBC spending and Government suggestions the Corporation could be part-funded by subscriptions in future have failed to change public …

Michael Gove

Public Service Broadcasting Annual Report 2017

07 July 2017<p>This report provides information about how the television public service broadcasters are performing in terms of delivering public …

Charter renewal: BBC must focus on 'distinctive content'

<b>The BBC must put "distinctive content" at its heart, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has said.</b><p>It is part of a major overhaul of how the BBC is run, which has been unveiled by the government.<p>The licence fee will continue for at least 11 years and will be linked to inflation - and viewers will …

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Is public service broadcasting in terminal decline?

<b>Public service broadcasters all over the world are coming under increasing pressure to justify their funding models. So is it inevitable that these broadcasters will lose at least some of their public money, forcing them to adopt more commercial funding structures?</b><p>Would that actually be good for …

Televisions

BBC is public service broadcasting, so cuts merit full public debate

The row over funding for over-75s licence fees has been melodramatic, but the fight over what bits of the BBC to sacrifice needs to be opened wide<p>Reach for <i>The BBC Today: Future Uncertain</i>, a new book from the innovative Arima Publishing stable, and you’ll find an fascinating account of how Tony Hall …

BBC - Public Purposes - Inside the BBC

• Home<br>• Who We Are<br>• What We Do<br>• How We Work<br>• How We Are Run<br>• Blog<p>At A Glance<br>• Values<br>• Public Purposes<br>• Licence Fee<br>• History

‘A Channel 4 sell-off would strengthen its public service remit’

David Elstein on why the broadcaster needs the cash from privatisation to help it to survive<p>On his last day in office as chairman of Channel 4, Lord Burns told listeners to BBC Radio 4’s The Media Show that “you can have the Channel 4 remit, or you can have privatisation, but you cannot have both”. …

Alternative news sites waging guerrilla war on BBC, says Nick Robinson

Today presenter says attacks by the likes of the Canary and Westmonster negatively affect perceptions of mainstream media<p>Alternative news sites are waging a “guerrilla war” against the BBC in an attempt to promote their own editorial agenda, according to the BBC’s former political editor Nick …

Alternative news sites attack Nick Robinson’s claim of ‘guerrilla war’ on BBC

Senior figures at the Canary and the New European say former political editor fails to understand reasons for the eroding trust in established media<p>Alternative news sites hit back at comments by the BBC’s former political editor Nick Robinson that they are part of a “guerrilla war” against the BBC …

The BBC informs, educates and entertains – but in what order?

In the fifth of our in-depth nine-part series on the past, present and future of the corporation, Charlotte Higgins examines how, from the broadcaster’s earliest days, the balance between the popular and the niche has been fiercely contested<p>• Part one: what the BBC's origins can tell us about its …

Breaking News: Princess Diana’s death in the pre-social media world

Everyone remembers where they were. A startling wake up call on a warm Sunday morning telling us that, while the lights were out, the most famous …