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Academics discuss whether PSBs can compete with video streaming services

29 March 2019

The Communications Committee questions academic experts as part of its inquiry investigating whether there is a future for public service broadcasting in the context of the rising popularity of video on demand services.


The Committee examines how the launch of new streaming services are shaping the market for TV and TV-like content and what place there will be for public service broadcasters in future. The Committee considers whether the current framework for regulating broadcast and on demand services is appropriate. It also asks whether the UK can learn from the responses of other countries.


Tuesday 2 April, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Professor Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing, London Business School
  • Professor Petros Iosifidis, Professor of Media Policy, City, University of London
  • Professor Jeanette Steemers, Professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College London

Possible lines of questioning

Topics likely to be covered in the evidence session include:

  • Whether the business models of commercial public service broadcasters are at risk
  • Whether public service broadcasters' obligations and privileges are still appropriate
  • The viability of the new Britbox service
  • The changing viewing habits of younger generations
  • Increases in the cost of producing high-quality programmes.

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