The UK parliament’s Digital, Culture Media and Sport Committee is launch an enquiry into the future of public service broadcasting.
MPs will consider the PSBs in the digital age and how they stand up against alternatives such as subscription, streaming and Freeview/DTT services.
In addition to the BBC, the inquiry will look at the commercial broadcasters with public service responsibilities; ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and in the devolved regions, STV in Scotland, S4C in Wales and UTV in Northern Ireland.
The committee will look at the regulations and obligations placed on PSBs including prominence and public funding. It will extend into whether regulation should be introduced for subscription video on demand and other streaming services and the value PSBs bring in terms of economic (local and national), cultural and societal impact.