The Review revealed that the transition to digital television would create a number of challenges for commercially-funded public service broadcasters. Channel 4 has since argued that such commercial pressures could make it more difficult for it to deliver certain types of PSB programmes. Channel 4’ s view remains that it will require some kind of public support in order to deliver its public service remit in the future.
Ofcom has published a comprehensive independent financial review of Channel 4. A series of documents, taken together, set out the main challenges facing Channel 4 in an increasingly competitive digital marketplace and raise a number of important questions regarding Channel 4’s ability to remain at the heart of a vibrant PSB market in the UK. The work carried out to date addresses the financial issues for Channel 4 - if required, a subsequent phase of work will consider possible policy responses.