- Does it bother you that only 1% of programmes available to children in Great Britain and Northern Ireland are original, first-run programmes made here in the UK? [Ofcom, The Future of Children’s Television Programming, 2007*]
- Does it bother you that there has been a £500 million drop in investment in original public service programming since 2003? [Ofcom, Communications Market Report, 2009**]
- Would you like to see programme-makers harness the power of new, digital technology to create a strong, democratic civil society, and to help a range of groups and individuals around the country meet their cultural needs, and make and access content that reflects the world around them?
If so, why not join our campaign to defend public service media in 2010?
What can I do to help?
We’re urging people to write to their MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) ahead of the General Election to raise awareness of the importance of public service media, and make sure it’s on the agenda as an election issue.
You can write your own letter or email from scratch, or this template [Word doc 42.5KB] may give you some ideas. (Document also contains information on identifying your constituency, MPs and PPCs)
Alternatively, why not email all of your candidates at once using our quick and easy new tool, hosted by our friends at 38 Degrees?
Let’s get the debate started: questions for parliamentary candidates
Are you or your organisation attending any briefings or question and answer sessions with your MPs or PPCs? If so, here are some questions you might like to ask [Word doc, 27KB]. Want to tell us what your candidate said? Email us to tell us more, or post to this website or our Facebook group.
What else can I do?
The BBC Trust is currently holding a public consultation on the future strategy for the BBC.
CCPSB will be responding to the consultation, applauding the BBC’s efforts to continue to make BBC services available to all licence fee payers, and take measures to increase original content and decrease the number of imports on TV.
However, we will also be urging the BBC to take issues of quality and diversity seriously. As such we will be recommending that they do not cut services such as The Asian Network, which promotes cultural diversity.
You can submit your own response to the consultation on the BBC Trust website before 25th May 2010.