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BBC, ITV and Channel 4 discuss the internet's impact on television

12 October 2018

The Communications Committee questions representatives from Public Service Broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for its inquiry into internet regulation.


Broadcasting is regulated by Ofcom but the majority of online content is not subject to specific regulation. In this session the Committee discusses the extent to which the principles of broadcasting regulation might usefully be transposed to the internet. The internet has blurred the distinction between broadcasting and other forms of media content. The Committee asks the witnesses about the future role of public service broadcasting in a multi-platform, content on-demand environment, and how regulation could be changed to provide a level playing field between the broadcasters and other content providers.


Tuesday 16 October, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Channel 4
  • Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV
  • Clare Sumner CBE, Director, Policy, BBC

Possible lines of questioning

Topics likely to be covered in the evidence session include:

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the current regulatory framework of the internet
  • Principles of best practice in content moderation, and the handling of complaints
  • Initiatives to combat fake news
  • Changes in the regulation of TV-like content

Further information

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