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House of Lords to question BBC DG, Channel 4 CEO

The House of Lords Communications Committee continues its inquiry into PSB

The BBC director general and Channel 4’s CEO are to be questioned by the House of Lords Communications Committee.

The inquiry into public service broadcasting (PSB) will hear from the BBC’s Lord Hall and Sir David Clementi, along with Channel 4’s Alex Mahon and Ian Katz on Tuesday 18th June.

The Committee will ask the BBC how it is responding to the challenges posed by new on-demand services, as well as scrutinise the broadcaster’s decision to make over-75s pay the TV licence fee.

It will also cover the public service remit of the BBC, the rising costs of high-end TV production and diversity on screen and behind the camera.

It will then question Channel 4 on how it is adapting to changes in the TV sector and how PSBs can improve their appeal to 16-34-year-olds.

The session will also inquire into the growth of online advertising and whether cost inflation has undermined Channel 4’s ability to produce high-end drama.