We believe it is vital to ensure the continued provision of a range of UK-originated programming of high quality, aimed at different age groups, which reflects cultural diversity and Britain’s place in the wider world – but also reflects the UK’s rich cultural heritage of language, literature values and environment.
We are concerned that plurality in public service broadcasting should be maintained in the digital age. However, we do not believe that this can be achieved through “top-slicing” the BBC Licence Fee, or by allowing the public service content produced by broadcasters such as Channel 4 to decline any further.
British broadcasting is a cultural as well as an economic asset to the UK, and we believe the government must take decisive steps to ensure that we have a regulatory environment that allows this sector to prosper at the local, regional, national and international levels. High quality content and production should lie at the heart of any further broadcasting strategy and legislation derived from Digital Britain.