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Ofcom requests consultation over BBC children’s content

Proposes safeguards to maintain quality of linear children’s channels

Ofcom has invited views from parties affected by the provisional decision to change the BBC’s operating licence to allow it to provide more content for children online.

The decision came after the BBC announced plans to increase the provision of children’s news through the Newsround website and provide more children’s content on iPlayer.

“Given shifts in children’s media habits, we agree that it makes sense for the BBC to provide more children’s content online,” Ofcom said. “This may help the BBC to better engage with its youngest audiences, who are critical to its future success.”

The regulator is accepting the broadcaster’s request albeit with proposed safeguards to help ensure that the BBC maintains the quality of its linear children’s channels and that the impact of its online plans is carefully monitored.

Interested or affected parties are invited to submit views by 13th December 2019.