Proposed Changes to BBC Operating Licence ahead of BBC Scotland Launch

Ofcom holds the BBC to account for delivering its mission and promoting its public purposes, as set out in its Charter. One of the ways we do so is by setting an Operating Licence (“the Licence”) containing a set of regulatory conditions with which the BBC must comply. Ofcom issued the first Licence in October 2017.

In November 2017, the BBC published proposals for a BBC Scotland television channel (“BBC SC”). Ofcom undertook a BBC competition assessment – referred to here as the “BCA” – to examine whether the public value offered by the new channel would justify any potential adverse effects on fair and effective competition. On 26 June 2018 Ofcom published its decision that the BBC could proceed with the launch of the new channel.

Ofcom may amend the Licence but must consult the BBC and any person considered appropriate. The Licence includes quotas for programmes of interest to viewers in Scotland which need to be changed in light of the launch of the new channel, scheduled for February 2019.

Ofcom is seeking stakeholders’ views on the proposals to update the terms of the Licence to take account of BBC SC and how Ofcom will measure the performance of the channel.

Please submit responses using the consultation responses form (RTF, 1.4 MB).



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