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Can the Market Deliver?

Can the Market Deliver?

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Can the Market Deliver?

Funding Public Service Television in the Digital Age

Contributors: Dieter Helm, Damian Green, Mark Oliver, Simon Terrington, Andrew Graham, Bill Robinson, Gavyn Davies, Jeremy Mayhew, Luke Bradley-Jones

Publication date: 2005
Total pages: 160
ISBN: 0 86196 662 7
Price: £ 17.50


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The UK broadcasting market is undergoing rapid and far-reaching change. The scope for consumer choice is widening significantly with the proliferation of new digital channels and services. New technologies are posing a threat to the idea of pre-determined schedules, while the rapid growth of broadband will bring with it access to a potentially limitless range of content on-demand.

To some, these technological advances will usher in a new age where public service television can be left largely to the market. The licence fee should be replaced with subscription payments for the BBC, and public funding restricted to a limited amount of socially desirable programming that the market will not provide. But to others, broadcasting continues to display special characteristics and the potential – and the need – for public intervention and funding has never been greater. The essays in this publication were commissioned by the BBC as a contribution to the debate about the provision of public service television in the digital age and the BBC’s public purposes and funding.

The contributors are: Dieter Helm, Damian Green, Mark Oliver, Simon Terrington, Andrew Graham, Bill Robinson, Gavyn Davies, Jeremy Mayhew and Luke Bradley-Jones.



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