Public Service Broadcasting: Digital Technology

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Clive Lewis Clive Lewis Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of changing the rules on prominence to support public service broadcasters on digital platforms.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government recognises the value and importance of high quality public service content and the need for this to be widely accessible to viewers. That is why under the Digital Economy Act 2017 the Government required Ofcom to publish a report which looks at the ease of finding PSB content across all platforms.

Ofcom has consulted on proposed changes to the linear EPG Code and how the prominence regime may need to change to ensure public service content remains accessible regardless of how consumers are accessing it. That consultation closed in October 2018 and we look forward to their findings in due course.

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