Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2006-07, 8 February 2007

Oral evidence session:

Public service media content

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced on 26 October 2006 an inquiry into Public service media content. The Committee are 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.

The Committee will hold the oral evidence session at the House of Commons in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House on Tuesday 20 February at 10.30am.

The witnesses will be:

At 10.30am

Rt Hon Lord Burns of Pitshanger GCB

David Elstein  

Tim Gardam

Jeremy Mayhew

At 11.30am

Jocelyn Hay CBE, Voice of the Listener and Viewer

Kirsty Young, Classic FM consumer panel

Professor David Buckingham

Richard North