12 Nov Facebook executive creates rules for UK broadcasters
From now on Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice-president for Europe, Michael Grade and MP Andrew Griffith, will advise the UK on the best way to secure the future of the television services. The key reason behind the changes is to ensure the quality of UK broadcasting continues to improve. Facebook executives will be a part of the committee, alongside several prominent Conservatives, who are planning to change current broadcasting regulations.
Other than Nicola Mendelsohn, the 10-strong committee includes Gabby Bertin – David Cameron’s former press secretary; Sir Robbie Gibb – Theresa May’s former director of communications, who also took part in setting up the news channel GB News; Michael Grade -the Conservative peer and former BBC chairman, as well as Anrew Griffin – former senior executive at Sky. Other members represent different independent television production companies.
The UK’s leading UK’s service broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, S4C and Channel 5 are obliged to follow strict regulations and meet certain quotas of each of their productions. In a return for the additional costs incurred for this reason, they were positioned on the highest channels of television sets, thus gaining greater viewership. However, this opportunity has been restricted since the streaming services emerged.
Mendelsohn has been asked to perform the unpaid role as the guide on how public service broadcaster can contribute to the British “economic, cultural and democratic life”. Additionally, the UK government has started debating on the BBC’s appropriate sum charged under the TV licenses from 2022 onwards. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has made a promise of “the best value for money for license fee payers”. The government publicly insisted on sustaining the BBC’s royal charter (a license fee funding) until 2027, against other proposals that included charging a monthly fee on broadband contracts, as well as different form of direct taxation.
It’s not a secret that the pandemic has impacted the BBC’s commercial income and these newest regulations must be adapted to the current reality. The TV station is also in the process of selecting a new BBC chairman.
Source: The Guardian