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House of Lords to begin questioning over PSB’s future

Communications Committee will examine how SVoD services are shaping the market

The House of Lords Communications Committee will begin questioning experts over the future of public service broadcasting (PSB) on 2nd April, it has said in a statement.

Following Apple’s streaming service announcement last week, the Committee will examine how such services are shaping the market and what place there will be for PSB in the future.

The Committee will also consider whether the current framework for regulating broadcast and on-demand services is appropriate and if the UK can learn from the responses of other countries.

Taking place in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords, the first evidence session will hear from:

  • Professor Patrick Barwise, emeritus professor of Management and Marketing, London Business School
  • Professor Petros Iosifidis, professor of Media Policy, City, University of London
  • Professor Jeanette Steemers, professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London

Topics likely to be covered include:

  • Whether the business models of commercial PSBs are at risk
  • Whether PSBs’ obligations and privileges are still appropriate
  • The viability of the new Britbox service
  • The changing viewing habits of younger generations
  • Increases in the cost of producing high-quality programmes