“Ofcom today published the second phase of its review of Public Service Broadcasting (PSB). The review finds that in order to sustain PSB programmes on channels other than the BBC, some £145-235 million in replacement funding will be required by 2012.
Ofcom research shows the high value which audiences put on the provision of public service content outside the BBC even when faced with the possibility of having to pay for it.
The review also proposes reducing the obligations on ITV plc and the other channel 3 licensees next year to make the provision of highly valued programmes – original British content and news – more sustainable until the initial expiry date of the existing licences in 2014.
The biggest changes – which prioritise peak time coverage – involve a restructuring of ITV’s regional news services in England and the Scottish Borders.”
Ofcom’s Second Public Service Broadcasting Review – Phase 2: preparing for the digital future (download – full version)