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BBC Director-General and Channel 4 CEO discuss the future of broadcasting

18 June 2019

The Communications Committee questions Lord Hall of Birkenhead and Sir David Clementi, the Director-General and Chairman of the BBC, as part of the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into public service broadcasting in the age of video on demand. The Committee also questions Channel 4’s Chief Executive Officer Alex Mahon and Director of Programmes Ian Katz.


Tuesday 18 June, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Sir David Clementi, Chairman, BBC
  • Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE, Director-General, BBC

At 4.30pm

  • Alex Mahon, Chief Executive Officer, Channel 4
  • Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, Channel 4

Possible lines of questioning

Topics for discussion with the BBC witnesses include:

  • The public service remit of the BBC
  • Rising costs in the high-end TV production
  • Diversity on screen and behind the camera
  • Why 16-34 year-olds consume half as much BBC content as the average
  • The implications of the BBC’s proposed subscription service Britbox
  • The process for setting the licence fee

Topics for discussion with the Channel 4 witnesses include:

  • What makes Channel 4 distinctive
  • The growth of online advertising and the decline in linear audiences, particularly among younger generations
  • Public service broadcasting privileges, such as on listed sports events and prominence
  • How public service broadcasters can improve their appeal to 16-34 year-olds
  • Whether cost inflation has undermined Channel 4’s ability to produce high-end drama.

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