There’s always talk surrounding the future of TV content in the UK; throw a stone in London and you’ll probably hit a group of producers debating what’s in store for their sector. A recently released report commissioned by indie producer trade body pact investigates that very topic, and evaluates how to open the market for UK TV programs and their related rights to a larger pool of buyers. Conducted by strategy and policy advisers Oliver & Ohlbaum, the ‘UK TV Content in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges’ report addresses Ofcom’s recent Review of the Television Production Sector consultation paper. O&O’s report comes equipped with proposals for Ofcom. For instance, O&O suggests Ofcom require all DTT and leading satellite channels to comply with minimum origination targets, and that any public funding of commercial broadcasters’ public service broadcasting commitments is not at the expense of BBC funding. Time to wait and see if Ofcom takes the suggestions to heart.
- RS West ’18