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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. aa
March 1, 2006

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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