Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by BECTU

REGULATORY STRUCTURE

  The need for a separate and specific focus on content as distinct from economic regulation.

  Within OFCOM, a distinct and identifiable division or section for content regulation.

  Transparent means of conflict-resolution between content and economic objectives.

  An open appointment process for the OFCOM executive body.

ITV OWNERSHIP AND REGIONAL PRODUCTION

  Concern at the increasing concentration of ownership in ITV.

  The need, as a quid pro quo, for a strengthened commitment to regional production.

PROGRAMME STANDARDS AND PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING (PSB)

  PSB to retain a central role in the future of British broadcasting.

  Concern at the proposed delivery of Tier 3 obligations (on the quality and range of programmes) through self-regulation.

  Preference for a proactive role for OFCOM in enforcing quality standards.

  A role for OFCOM in monitoring the performance of BSkyB on original production and quality standards.

BBC

  Welcome the continuation of separate regulation through the Board of Governors.

  Call for increased accountability of the Governors, increased independence from BBC management and a tighter PSB remit.

OTHER ISSUES

  Oppose the removal of the 20:20 cross media restriction.

  Review of the independent production quota.

  Oppose the potential removal of the requirement for a single ITV news provider.

  Welcome the provisions on universal access for PSB channels including digital switchover; must carry requirements; due prominence on electronic programme guides.

  Welcome the rejection of C4 privatisation.

  On radio, the need for a separate regulatory focus within OFCOM, resistance to further deregulation and a welcome for Access Radio as a genuine addition to the broadcasting system but not as a means of cheap radio.

  Welcome the positive developments from the Cultural Diversity Network and the commitments on promoting training.

  Seek reassurances on the future job security of ITC and Radio Authority staff.

January 2001


 
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