Multiplatforming Public Service Broadcasting

  • Bennett, James (CoI)
  • Strange, Niki (CoI)
  • Kerr, Paul (CoI)
  • Medrado, Andrea (CoI)

Project: Research

Project Details


Trade-focussed in nature, the project looks at specialist factual multiplatform productions and aims to contribute to broader debates on Public Service Broadcasting and Content. It asks: in what ways is our understanding of public service broadcasting in the digital age being shaped by multiplatform productions and the independent sector's role in these?

Specifically we are interested in learning more about the challenges and opportunities that the shift to digital, multiplatform production brings to broadcasters, in-house producers, independent television production and digital media companies producing specialist factual programming in London and Brighton. We aim to examine the economic and cultural value, as well as pressures, that multiplatform public service content generates for broadcasters, the independent sector and UK Plc more widely.

For more info, see /Broadcast's/ coverage of the project's launch:

We've conducted over 40 interviews already with broadcasters, commissioners, TV and digital indies from across the sector, including Mark Thompson, Simon Nelson, Martin Davidson, Martin Trickey, Nick Cohen, Lisa Sargood, Ayesha Mohideen, Richard Williams and Karen O’Connor (BBC); Ralph Lee, Matt Locke and Adam Gee (C4); John McVay (PACT); Ed Richards and James Thickett (Ofcom); and a host of indies with many others in the pipeline.

As an outcome of this research, we will be producing a number of papers, two books, an industry report and a series of events. In this way, we would be able to share our research findings with the professionals and companies involved.
Effective start/end date1/09/1030/09/12

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


  • digital
  • multiplatform
  • public service broadcasting
  • production studies
  • knowledge exchange