Ofcom is inviting detailed responses on its proposal for a Public Service Publisher.

The UK regulator has published a hypothetical tender for the potential provider, as a part of a consultation process intended to promote debate on the opportunities for the proposed body.
Ofcom Chief Executive Stephen Carter said: “There appears to be significant interest in the idea of a Public Service Publisher. This hypothetical tender will hopefully help us and others ascertain whether the idea has real practical and operational merit.”

The proposed not-for-profit body will be expected to commission high-quality audio-visual content from a wide range of external producers and distribute it in new ways across a range of digital platforms and networks.

The guidance document suggests that while the operator might seek digital television capacity, bidders are encouraged to consider the use of other digital distribution systems, such as broadband, networked PVRs and mobile networks.