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The BBC could share the public financing
Public chain British BBC could have to share with the commercial television channels the financing that receives from the State, in exchange for emitting contents of public interest

This would be a reality in case of prospering one of the options that the regulator of the communications of the United Kingdom analyzes (Ofcom).

Ofcom has abierto a period of study that will end at 2011 in a new model of financing of the emission of contents on watch public.

This process is motivated by the changes originated after the arrival of the terrestrial digital television, that free increases the supply of channels, and the services of broadband Internet, according to has explained the regulator in an official notice.

These changes cause that the costs by the emission of contents on watch public are going to surpass soon to the benefits, which will take to channels “ITV1”, “Chanel 4” (of public property, but with commercial financing) and “Five”, according to Ofcom, to reduce its investments in these contents.

The regulator, that until next the 19 of June will carry out a round of conversations with all the implied parts, including the viewers, studies four different models of financing.

One of them would suppose that the BBC, “4 ITV1”, “Chanel” and “Five” would continue offering contained on watch public, although with a greater financing or a reduction of the obligations for the commercial channels.

One second option would be that only the BBC emits programs on watch public, whereas the rest of channels would stop having obligations of that type.

Another alternative that studies the regulator is that the BBC and “Chanel 4” were the main channels that offered contents on watch public for all the country, whereas other operators could decide to precise games on additional services to the British public chain.

The fourth option would suppose that a greater number of operators, not only “4 ITV1”, “Chanel” and “Five”, like at present, could compete of free form with the BBC to receive the public financing.

This last alternative could suppose that the BBC had to share with other chains the public financing that it obtains through canon that receives in the United Kingdom the proprietors of television sets.

The financing of the emission of programs on watch public also could come directly from the Government, as well as be carried out through a compensation to the channels by means of the concession of a greater access to the wireless phantom.

The final decision on the financing must be taken by the Government and the Parliament.

(Agencies, 14/04/08)

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