VLV has made a submission to Ofcom opposing proposals by the BBC to reduce the number of broadcasts of the children’s news bulletin, Newsround, on CBBC from three bulletins to one per day. Ofcom is currently considering proposals put forward by the BBC, which the BBC says are cost-neutral, to move more content online for this age group.
VLV has concerns about any reduction in regulated public service content and in the context of research highlighting the shortage of UK produced, UK-specific public service content now being made for children, VLV on principle opposes the proposed reduction to the BBC’s existing broadcast quotas for children’s news from 85 hours per year to 35 hours per year.
VLV believes this will only exacerbate the problem of the shortage of original UK-produced public service content for children on television.
VLV gathers from the consultation document that Ofcom broadly supports the BBC’s proposals and, if that is the case, VLV would suggest some measures to mitigate the impact of the proposals under consideration.