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Archive presentation of slides discussed with BCU Media students in November 2009, focussing on PSB (Public Service Broadcasting) and changes to that sector over the past five years. ...

Archive presentation of slides discussed with BCU Media students in November 2009, focussing on PSB (Public Service Broadcasting) and changes to that sector over the past five years.

*All data therein is already in the public domain and the presentation was distributed to students at the time*.

The same presentation also given to University of Staffordshire and London Met University in March 2010.

Some of this remains quite current, some already feels quite dated!

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  • Further highlights in Nations and Regions Reports and also in the UK report.
  • Government is playing the leading role – owning policy in this area HMG taking leading role in relation to: Digital Economy Bill On going work on IFNC pilotsThe Queen’s speech scheduled for 18 NovemberFurther Ofcom activity in this area Ofcom Statement on Media Ownership Rules – due to Secretary of State by 13 NovemberOfcom Consultation on DDR in due course - will include discussion of spectrum suitable for local TV
  • Government is playing the leading role – owning policy in this area HMG taking leading role in relation to: Digital Economy Bill On going work on IFNC pilotsThe Queen’s speech scheduled for 18 NovemberFurther Ofcom activity in this area Ofcom Statement on Media Ownership Rules – due to Secretary of State by 13 NovemberOfcom Consultation on DDR in due course - will include discussion of spectrum suitable for local TV
  • Overall duties are to further interests of citizens and consumers in relation to communications matters, where appropriate by promoting competitionSecure availability of wide range of TV and radio services of high quality and wide appealMaintain sufficient plurality of providersLicence national and local analogue and community radio stationsEnsure optimal use of the radio spectrum – including for Local TV Plus, in addition:Role in conducting Local Media Assessments for newspaper mergers where there may be competition concerns
  • Consumers identify with the area they live in as a form of concentric circles with community at the centre, and the UK as a whole on the outside. Our work looks at all elements of this below the UK as a whole.
  • Informing: To participate in their local communities, citizens need to be informed about important local issues such as major planning applications, new transport initiatives or proposals to close a hospital wing. People want to be informed – succinctly, accurately and accessibly – about significant events of relevance to them: from court reports, decisions of council committees and key local appointments, to achievements by local people on the national or international stage, progress of local sports teams, or the activities of local amenity groups. Representing: Local media can also act as tribunes of the people, facilitating the expression of popular opinion (through letters pages, blogs or discussion programmes) and ensuring that the collective view is passed on to key decision makers. Local newspapers or radio stations have historically been important vehicles for large-scale expressions of dissatisfaction over, for example, a major stadium building project or the inadequacy of local hospitals. And local media can be champions of their own localities, drawing attention to particular achievements or inadequate central government investment. Campaigning: Newspapers in particular have a long tradition of identifying issues directly relevant to their readers, and demanding appropriate action from relevant authorities. At the local level, such campaigns will be attuned to the specific needs of local communities, such as charity appeals, campaigns for action on unsafe roads, or protests against the proposed closure of a local amenity. All local media have traditionally regarded such campaigns as an integral element of their rootedness in the local community. Interrogating: An integral part of the media’s contribution is its watchdog role, holding public authorities and private corporations to account - from elected council officials, school governors, chief constables and county court judges to major employers and retail stores. Effective scrutiny depends on institutional support and adequate resources: as these become more depleted, local institutions become less accountable and arguably less responsive to the needs of the local community.Journalism, Democracy and the Public Interest: rethinking media pluralism for the Digital Age (Barnett 2009)
  • Consumers value local and regional content92% consume some form of local media at least weeklyOver half say local/regional news on TV is very important while over a third say the same for paid for local newspapers and local radioIts also worth saying that more people view early evening regional news programming on the BBC and ITV than watch the combined UK-wide network news programmes around the same time (8.7m vs 8.2m) – 10% higher
  • The% of advertising on internet has grown from 3% in 2003 to 20% in 2008While search has been driver of this growth, classified and display have seen significant increases too.
  • Red lines are our best estimate of costsBlue lines are our best estimate of benefitsThe gap between cost and benefits is between £38m-64m in 2012The single biggest PSB cost attributable to the Channel 3 network is the production cost of regional news which is estimated at £68 million in 2010, and projected to be £72 million in 2012, based on current production costs. These costs are after the regulatory changes made in the PSB Review.It is notable that the production cost of regional news is very similar to the scale of the opportunity cost deficit across the Channel 3 network.This data is based on the figures supplied by the ITV regional broadcasters. As we outline in our LRM report, we have also commissioned an independent assessment of production costs which has produced a similar set of figures.
  • Independently funded news consortia (IFNCs) would bid to provide regional news service on Channel 3 backed by public fundingConsortia could include incumbent TV news providers, newspaper groups, TV production companies and newsgathering agenciesConsortia awarded contracts based on public criteria, including: - reach & impact - high production & editorial standards - financial stamina
  • News consortia could offer enhanced options for localness, by- extending local coverage beyond current regional transmission footprint - using news content gathered at local level to underpin extra local servicesEnhanced news services could be offered across media platformsConsortia could also make news footage available more widely
  • The hypothetical scenario modelled above assumes public funding for news consortia in one English region and two nations commencing late 2010, and full funding commencing in early 2013, as suggested by the timeline in DCMS consultation. There are likely to be transitional financial issues for the Channel 3 licensees until the funding for a full roll out of news consortia is secured. As such, the surplus that we see in the Channel 3 licences today, and again potentially once full funding is provided, may be needed to offset the deficits in the transitional years when funding is only provided for the pilots.Beginning a full roll out of news consortia in early 2013 may leave the winning bidders an insufficient contractual length to allow amortisation of start up and capital costs, and a suitable return on their investment before the Channel 3 licences expire at the end of 2014. In this case, the terms of the contract may need to extend into the new licensing period. Ranges between higher and lower values based on current best estimates
  • Majority expressed agreement that plurality in regional TV news is importantMany recognised that some form of additional funding may be required to sustain this Support for IFNCs as a mechanism to achieve this – but was not universal Some concerns and opposition expressed in relation to:Commercial impact of public funding of regional newsProposed use of the licence fee for non-BBC services Impact of public funding on governance and impartiality of newsComplexity of awards process
  • The local and regional media sector is currently facing a range of challenges:Continued provision of regional news on Channel 3 in doubtLocal commercial radio sector under pressureSmall local TV sectorLocal and regional newspaper closures Limited visibility of community media sector ... But also a range of opportunities More localised, cross-media serviceReinvigorated and fit for digital ageNew opportunities on DTTA wide choice of content, available on traditional platforms and onlineThriving community media sectorUnderpinned by innovative, grass roots journalism – supporting the 4 aims
  • Government is playing the leading role – owning policy in this area HMG taking leading role in relation to: Digital Economy Bill On going work on IFNC pilotsThe Queen’s speech scheduled for 18 NovemberFurther Ofcom activity in this area Ofcom Statement on Media Ownership Rules – due to Secretary of State by 13 NovemberOfcom Consultation on DDR in due course - will include discussion of spectrum suitable for local TV
  • Government is playing the leading role – owning policy in this area HMG taking leading role in relation to: Digital Economy Bill On going work on IFNC pilotsThe Queen’s speech scheduled for 18 NovemberFurther Ofcom activity in this area Ofcom Statement on Media Ownership Rules – due to Secretary of State by 13 NovemberOfcom Consultation on DDR in due course - will include discussion of spectrum suitable for local TV
  • Government is playing the leading role – owning policy in this area HMG taking leading role in relation to: Digital Economy Bill On going work on IFNC pilotsThe Queen’s speech scheduled for 18 NovemberFurther Ofcom activity in this area Ofcom Statement on Media Ownership Rules – due to Secretary of State by 13 NovemberOfcom Consultation on DDR in due course - will include discussion of spectrum suitable for local TV
  • Government is playing the leading role – owning policy in this area HMG taking leading role in relation to: Digital Economy Bill On going work on IFNC pilotsThe Queen’s speech scheduled for 18 NovemberFurther Ofcom activity in this area Ofcom Statement on Media Ownership Rules – due to Secretary of State by 13 NovemberOfcom Consultation on DDR in due course - will include discussion of spectrum suitable for local TV
  • Government is playing the leading role – owning policy in this area HMG taking leading role in relation to: Digital Economy Bill On going work on IFNC pilotsThe Queen’s speech scheduled for 18 NovemberFurther Ofcom activity in this area Ofcom Statement on Media Ownership Rules – due to Secretary of State by 13 NovemberOfcom Consultation on DDR in due course - will include discussion of spectrum suitable for local TV

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