British media watchdog Ofcom has unveiled its priorities for the next year.

The regulator's Annual Plan, for 2005/2006 reveals upcoming reviews of new broadband services, multimedia digital platforms and broadcasting production.

Says Ofcom: "Each review will result in published research and proposals for consultation and will focus, in particular, on the scope for helping markets to develop and opportunities to reduce regulation."

These areas of investigation and action follow Ofcom's review of public service broadcasting in the UK, the results of which are expected shortly.

Ofcom will also look at licensing conditions for commercial TV channels ITV1 and Five, both of which are seeking relaxation of their public service obligations.

Chairman Lord David Currie and ceo Stephen Carter say a major priority is preparation for the national transition to digital broadcasting, expected to be completed by 2012.

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