Further supplementary memorandum submitted
by the BBC
BBC PUBLIC TV SERVICES: NATIONAL AND REGIONAL
VARIATIONS ON DIGITAL SATELLITE
The BBC currently provides opt-out national
and regional programming on three of its public service channelsBBC
One, BBC Two and BBC Choice.
At present, digital satellite viewers have access
to the following versions of these services:
BBC One: the version appropriate
to their own nationie including programming for Scotland,
Wales or Northern Ireland.
BBC Two: a UK-wide version, with
BBC Choice: four different versions
(a UK version with opt-outs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland),
each accessible everywhere in the UK (so viewers in England can
choose to watch programming for Scotland, for example).
In addition, by switching back to analogue reception,
viewers can also receive:
(in England) the relevant English
regional version of BBC One.
the relevant national/regional version
of BBC Two.
As part of the BBC's plans to substantially
increase investment in programming and services for the nations,
and against the background of the BBC's proposal (currently under
consideration by the Secretary of State) to replace BBC Choice
with BBC Three, it is planned to change the balance of national
programming between the different public services and consequently
to change the pattern of distribution of the different versions
throughout the UK. The BBC intends that by the close of this year,
digital satellite viewers will be able to receive the relevant
national version of both BBC One and BBC Two, and so have access
both to all the current national programming and to all the additional
programming which the new investment will make possible.