Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2006-07, 29 March 2007


Fourth oral evidence session:

Public service media content

The Committee will hold its fourth oral evidence session at the House of Commons in Committee Room 8, House of Commons on Tuesday 24  April at 10.30am.

The witnesses will be as follows:

10.30am

Mark Thompson, Director General, BBC

Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, BBC

11.30am (approx)

Iona Jones, Chief Executive, S4C

Donald Emslie, Chief Executive, SMG Television

Dave Rushton, Director, Institute of Local Television

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced on 26 October 2006 an inquiry into Public service media content. The Committee is particularly interested in the following:

• The prospects for maintaining plurality in public service broadcasting in the digital age

• The practicality of continuing to impose public service obligations on commercial broadcasters

• The viability of existing funding models for ITV, Channel Four and Five

• The case for public funding of broadcasters in addition to the BBC

• The future of key areas of public service media content such as news provision and children's programming

• The value of the Public Service Publisher concept as advanced by Ofcom

• The case for provision of public service material on new media.