Public service broadcasting must change if it is to survive. The licensing and funding arrangements that support it are challenged by long-term technical and market changes including the proliferation of channels and services, the rise of new interactive services, and the shift away from mass access to niche services and alternative platforms for content delivery. Although in the short term UK public service broadcasters are in a state of rude health, they neglect these longer-term challenges at their peril.
'We are beginning a debate on the future of the BBC prior to charter renewal in 2006. But the debate involves much more than just the BBC. It is one which will fundamentally shape the future of public culture in this country. This publication sets its terms of reference. It is wide ranging and provocative and it should be widely and intelligently read.' - Prof Roger Silverstone, Director of Media, London School of Economics
'We have an exciting but daunting agenda for broadcasting ... I am sure that the contributions in this book will provide many of the tools and much of the evidence we need to master that agenda and ... perhaps even begin to come up with the answers.' - from the preface by Mark Thompson, Chief Executive Channel 4
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.