What If There Were No BBC Television? The Net Impact on UK Viewers

Patrick Barwise and Robert G. Picard, What If There Were No BBC Television? The Net Impact on UK Viewers, RISJ Reports, February 2014. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.

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Patrick Barwise

London Business School

Robert Picard

University of Oxford - Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Date Written: February 2014

Abstract

The impact of the BBC on the UK television market will figure prominently in discussions of the BBC Charter Renewal and a number of critics have argued that its scale and scope should be reduced. This report is the first research study to measure the impact of the BBC on the market and project what the market would be without the BBC — a benchmark for understanding the effects of less extreme policy choices. The study shows that without the BBC, overall television market revenue would be lower and that total content investment would be 5–25% lower and investment in first-run UK content would be 25–50% lower, depending on whether optimistic or pessimistic assumptions are used. The report finds that most viewers would suffer a reduction in both choice and value for money without the BBC.

Keywords: policy, television, economics, impact, investment

JEL Classification: D12, D45, D60, D78

Suggested Citation

Barwise, Patrick and Picard, Robert, What If There Were No BBC Television? The Net Impact on UK Viewers (February 2014). Patrick Barwise and Robert G. Picard, What If There Were No BBC Television? The Net Impact on UK Viewers, RISJ Reports, February 2014. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2755460 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2755460

Patrick Barwise

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Robert Picard (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism ( email )

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