LONDON: UK media regulator Ofcom appears to have dusted-off its plans for a Public Service Publisher to compete with the state-funded BBC as a provider of public service programming.
The idea of creating an independent PSP was mooted two years ago [WARC News: 04-Oct-04] - not as new channel but rather a content provider centered on new media such as broadband and cellphones.
Funding options include an increased BBC licence fee, a government grant or a tax on the turnover of UK broadcasters.
Ofcom is currently working on a discussion paper to be published later this autumn.
Data sourced from MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff