The British Academy today, Wednesday 29 June, hosted the launch of The Future for Public Service Television Inquiry report, chaired by Lord Puttnam.
The Inquiry, launched in November 2015, has focused on the purposes of television in an era characterised by technological transformation, significant shifts in audience consumption, and in cultural and political attitudes. The report reflects on the extent to which the UK’s most popular television channels successfully address these issues, represent the interests and tell the stories of all the citizens of the UK. Above all, it seeks to highlight the conditions that may allow for the production and circulation of high quality, creative and relevant public service content in these evermore complex circumstances.
The report makes recommendations concerning the main public service TV channels, a new fund for public service content, a more transparent process for appointing the BBC unitary board, diversity, and the nations and regions.
The British Academy is one of the industry partners for The Inquiry, alongside the Guardian, the Hansard Society, Vice and BAFTA.
The full report is available to download here: http://futureoftv.org.uk/report/
As part of this project the Academy hosted a private roundtable in December 2015, exploring the impacts of economic and political change on the public service television ecosystem. A set of papers to from the roundtable is available here: http://www.britac.ac.uk/public-service-television
In 2015 the British Academy held a public event exploring the Future of the BBC, with Brian Eno, Greg Dyke, Marianna Mazzucato, Toby Syfret and chaired by Lord Puttnam. A video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NliV0qor5aY