Memorandum submitted by BECTU
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
ITV OWNERSHIP AND
Concern at the increasing concentration of ownership
The need, as a quid pro quo, for a strengthened
commitment to regional production.
PSB to retain a central role in the future of
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.
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.
Oppose the removal of the 20:20 cross media
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.