The coalition – made up of a broad mix of civil society groups, charities, community groups, unions and arts organisations — believes that public service broadcasting is a public good, and that plurality in public service broadcasting must be maintained in the digital age.
Not-for-profit 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.
A “plural” public service broadcasting sector is one that includes a plurality of institutions providing public service content, a plurality of funding sources for public service broadcasting and a diversity of programmes and content at the regional, local, national and international levels.
Public service broadcasting in the digital age will also involve many “non-linear” programmes such as online or on-demand content, and it is vital that public sector broadcasters are able to communicate on new platforms.
Our coalition was largely formed in response to the Government’s Digital Britain report. More information is available in our launch statement, which you can download as a PDF file, or contact us to become a signatory.
We are very grateful to the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust for supporting the first phase of our campaign work.