Dr Caitriona Noonan on behalf of JOMEC studentswritten evidence (BFF0042)


House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee inquiry into BBC future funding


Evidence prepared by undergraduate students taking the module “Critical Issues in Television Production” as part of their studies at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC), Cardiff University.


Names of those submitting this evidence:



Anna Banks

Sarah Palmer

Sophie Nixon

Oliver Clatworthy

Zach Davies

Sheba Bandarchi

Carys Thomas

Ben Davies

Towyn Bevan

Kezia Hoard

George Rawlings

Samuel Usherwood

Hari Walia

Stephanie Cartledge

Erykah Cameron

Charlotte Carswell

Imogen Holdstock

Tianzi Zhang

Jasmine Jones

Aymee Chingwara

Austin Hampshire









This submission is from some of the students taking the module Critical Issues in Television Production as part of their undergraduate studies at Cardiff University. The module critically explores the industrial and institutional context of making television content today. As part of their module, students discussed the inquiry’s questions. In groups they prepared their responses to the committee’s questions, discussed and debated those questions and then prepared their comments for formal submission. The module leader (Dr Caitriona Noonan) facilitated discussion, but did not direct the discussion. This submission is their evidence.


These young people were motivated to do this by several factors including: the importance of this topic to them as citizens and as emerging creative professionals; their developing understanding of the complexities of the television market; and their perception of young people being invisible within many of the discussions taking place about PSB and the future of its broadcasters, and about their limited presence in policymaking more generally.


Given the time constraints, the group elected to provide bullet points of their discussion on each question. The responses were gathered and then submitted to the module leader. She merged the responses into one document and lightly edited for typos and factual errors. After the sessions further comments and suggestions were sent to her by students now invested in the process - she has included these and encouraged those students to prepare their own submission. The final document was circulated amongst students for final consultation and agreement before submission.




The Group


This evidence is submitted by 21 students directly present at the time of seminars, Thursday 10 March 2022. They are named above. All fall between the ages of 19 and 22. They are studying full-time at JOMEC and so most will aspire for a job in the creative industries. Four identify as Welsh, nine as English, and eight identify using another designation including: English/Thai, English/Iranian, English/Cypriot, Chinese, English/Caribbean, English/African, English/Northern Irish and Welsh/Scottish.




The group welcome the committee’s interest in this topic and thank them for the time taken to read and consider their evidence. They look forward to reading the committee’s report in due course.



  1. How will new technologies and consumer habits change the future broadcasting landscape?













  1. What is the purpose of a national broadcaster?











  1. What principles and priorities should inform the choice of the BBC’s funding model? And how would any alternative funding models affect what the BBC can provide?

















  1. How should the BBC change over the next five years to adapt to evolving consumer habits and needs - and what does the Corporation need to do to prepare for the future in the longer term?













  1. What actions and consultations are needed from the government to inform its future BBC funding plans?


There was a general discussion in which several perceptions were raised and agreed. These include:








10 March 2022