Insights Ofcom issues Call for Evidence on the relationship between public service broadcasters (PSBs) and the independent TV production sector


In December 2020, Ofcom published Small Screen: Big Debate, a consultation looking at how to strengthen and maintain public service media in the UK for the next decade and beyond.

Ofcom explains that the current regulatory rules and guidance which affect programme commissioning from independent producers were designed when the sector and the way audiences consumed content were very different. Accordingly, as part of Small Screen: Big Debate, Ofcom is taking a closer look at the current relationship between the PSBs and the independent TV production sector, to see if those regulatory terms remain effective. Specifically, Ofcom is seeking evidence on whether any rule changes might be needed to further benefit viewers, to better support the financial sustainability of producers and commissioners, and secure the diversity and attractiveness of the sector.

The Call for Evidence closes on the 16 March 2021. Ofcom says it will use the evidence and information gathered, along with other responses to its wider Small Screen: Big Debate consultation, to inform its final recommendations to Government in summer 2021. To access the Call for Evidence, click here.