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Are public service broadcasters failing to represent society?

17 May 2019

The Communications Committee continues taking evidence for its inquiry into public service broadcasting in the age of video on demand.


Tuesday 21 May, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Jasmine Dotiwala, Head of Youth Engagement and Media, Media Trust
  • Jonathan Kaye, independent disability access and inclusion consultant.
  • Deborah Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Creative Diversity Network

The Committee considers how well public service broadcasters incorporate diversity into their programming so that a wide variety of UK audiences feel represented.

At 4:30pm

  • Dan Cheesbrough, Commercial Director, Hartswood Films
  • Andy Harries, Chief Executive Officer, Left Bank Pictures

The Committee meets representatives of production companies which made The Crown for Netflix and Sherlock for the BBC to discuss changes in the production sector, such as increased production costs.

Possible lines of questioning

Topics likely to be covered in the first evidence session include:

  • How public service broadcasters appeal to all people in the UK, including people with disabilities, people from different socio-economic groups and LGBT and BAME people;
  • Whether public service broadcasters do enough to appeal to and represent the regions and nations of the UK;
  • How public service broadcasters and policymakers could better support local production;
  • How public policy could better support the development of skills in the production sector, particularly for under-represented groups.

Topics likely to be covered in the second evidence session include:

  • Alleged inflation in production costs;
  • Co-productions between PSBs and streaming services;
  • The distinctive value of public service broadcasting;
  • The differences between producing content for public service broadcasters and producing content for subscription video on demand services.

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