Amid a gloomy backdrop of job cuts and ailing share prices, the industry is bracing itself for huge upheaval as the government finally moves to secure the future of public service broadcasting, address Channel 4’s woes and tackle media convergence.
The Ofcom review into PSB is gathering pace and the first few weeks of 2009 should provide a lot of answers to the oft-debated questions. Ofcom should finally lay its cards on the table regarding which of its funding measures it believes will be most effective for the £145m to £235m PSB black hole. ITV’s regional restructuring and PSB future, C4’s funding model and the options for supporting UK-made children’s TV. Publication may be as early as the Oxford Media Convention on 22nd January.