Culture, Media and Sport Committee

26 October 2006

Session 2005-06

New inquiry: Public service media content

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is announcing today a major new inquiry into public service media content. The terms of reference for the inquiry are as follows:

• 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 Provider concept as advanced by Ofcom

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

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to, preferably as a Word file and not as a pdf document by Thursday 18th January 2007. We strongly encourage respondents to send electronic copies of submissions, although we will accept hard copies, addressed to Kenneth Fox, Clerk, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Committee. If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation. The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.  For more guidance on the preferred format, see