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BBC Trust reviews how BBC content is distributed

  • BBC to keep open options regarding universal HD TV distribution.

The BBC Trust is seeking views on a new draft distribution framework, which will govern how and where BBC services are distributed on TV, radio and online.

The Trust says its "primary aim is to ensure that all households across all parts of the UK have access to each BBC service on at least one platform."

It's also looking at distribution of BBC content via the internet (IP), estimating that IP "is unlikely to deliver more than 20% of all video viewing by 2020."

Noting that "IP delivery will grow in importance and will be of particular importance to younger audiences", the BBC Trust says that it would be "impractical" to make the BBC's content available on every platform and device.

BBC services targeted at particular geographic areas (e.g. Nations and Regions) should, according to the draft framework, "be universally available in the relevant location and, subject to value for money and spectrum considerations, more widely available across the UK."

HD and terrestrial TV changes
The Trust expects the BBC to maintain what it describes as "attractive, free to air access options to BBC content through both DTT (Freeview) and DSAT (Freesat), keeping open its options for universal delivery of services in HD, making provision for any future reduction in access to DTT spectrum" towards the end of the decade, "and continuing to innovate to ensure that all audiences benefit from these broadcast platforms."

The consultation is open until 28th June 2015, and responses from stakeholder organisations, other broadcasters, industry bodies and other interested parties including members of the public are welcome. Details can be found on the BBC Trust website at 


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