Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Annex B

  Proposed Tier 3 requirements

  Public Voice fully supports the 3WE proposals outlined below:

  3WE proposals on Tier 3 requirements:

    —  that there is a role for legislation in making fully explicit what the Tier 3 requirements on broadcasters are;

    —  that the remit reviews for Channel 4 and Channel 5 should aim to achieve strong and specific wordings on their core requirements (and that in the case of Channel 4 the existing remit is not weakened here) against which they can be held to account;

    —  that there are methods and systems, short of "box-ticking" or quotas, for the objective external measurement of public service broadcasters' performance with regard to Tier 3 requirements;

    —  that the Secretary of State should require OFCOM to have an internal unit or department dedicated to, and with expertise in, the monitoring and enforcement of positive content obligations in Tiers 2 and 3;

    —  that, in the event that OFCOM's reach does not extend to the BBC for Tier 3 requirements, the Secretary of State should ensure that his own department contains expertise in monitoring and enforcing positive content requirements for the BBC (see below for OFCOM and the BBC);

    —  that the Secretary of State should establish a citizens' panel, as an advisory board to OFCOM's positive content department, able to research, consult publicly and comment upon broadcasters' achievement of their core requirements; to give input to OFCOM's reports on public service broadcasting to the Secretary of State; and to suggest innovations in public service broadcasting;

    —  that, in the event that OFCOM's reach does not extend to the BBC for Tier 3 requirements, the Secretary of State should establish a similar citizens' panel to work with the BBC board of governors; and

    —  that the regulators be given active powers in graduated steps (short of the withdrawal of licences and/or the use of "back-stop" powers) in order to intervene with public service broadcasters who are measurably failing on Tier 3 requirements.


 
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