Second review of ‘public service broadcasting’ launching ahead of schedule

THE question of who, in the future, will deliver the likes of news and children’s programmes on television, other than the BBC, is to be the subject of a second review by the broadcasting regulators, Ofcom.

The review has been ordered ahead of schedule because of fears that – because they are either very expensive to make or don’t attract sufficient advertising revenue – some types of ‘public service programming’ will become a casualty of an imminent switch-over to multi-channel, digital television.

This review is expected to conclude the year after next.