UK Government plan to insist broadcasters including S4C and BBC Wales make ‘clearly British’ shows
The UK Government is planning to make it a legal requirement that public service broadcasters – which include S4C and BBC Wales – are legally required to produce “distinctly British” programmes.
Media minister John Whittingdale told a Royal Television Society conference that he was planning to “talk to Ofcom about how to make the obligation of Britishness work”.
Broadcast in the UK is state-regulated by Ofcom, which has the legal powers to fine a channel or withdraw its license to broadcast if it breaks Ofcom’s government-approved broadcasting code.
“So in our upcoming White Paper, I intend to include proposals that will expand the remit of public service broadcasters, so that it includes a requirement for them to produce ‘distinctively British’ content,” John Whittingdale said in comments reported by i.
The speech due to be given by Oliver Dowden before he was replaced as Culture Secretary by Nadine Dorries in yesterday’s reshuffle.
He referred to the Carry On films, Blackadder Goes Forth, Fleabag and Gogglebox as examples of British programmes.
It comes as campaigners have called for the devolution of powers over broadcasting to Wales.
Campaign group Cymdeithas yr Iaith say securing broadcasting powers for Wales is essential to sustain the country’s young devolution settlement.
According to a YouGov opinion poll, 65% of people in Wales favour devolving powers over broadcasting to the Senedd in Cardiff.