Des Freedman

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Public service broadcasting: when the status quo won’t do

This blog post discusses some of the key challenges facing public broadcasting in the UK and across Europe including the pace of technological change; the emergence of powerful new producers and platforms; shifts in consumption habits and a far more competitive advertising market; Brexit; the...

Home but not dry: reflections on the draft BBC Charter and Agreement

In this commentary on the Draft BBC Charter and Draft Framework Agreement, published on 15 September 2016, David Puttnam and Des Freedman welcome the news that the Charter will last for 11 years, taking it outside of the electoral cycle. However they argue that it...

A future for public service television: content and platforms in a digital world

The Inquiry, launched in November 2015, has focused on the purposes of television in an era characterised by technological transformations, shifts in audience consumption habits, and changes in cultural and political attitudes. The report reflects on the extent to which the UK’s most popular television...