Ofcom has given the BBC the go ahead to show programmes for 12 months or more on iPlayer.

The BBC proposed to change to BBC iPlayer from a service where programmes are available to ‘catch-up’ for 30 days after broadcast, to one where programmes are available for 12 months as standard, with some available for longer.

The BBC will have to negotiate with indies on any shows it wishes to place on the service for longer than the current 30 days.

Ofcom said it had concluded that the BBC’s proposed changes to BBC iPlayer “could deliver significant public value over time. They could increase choice and availability of public-service broadcast content, and help ensure the BBC remains relevant in the face of changing viewing habits.

“However, we remain concerned about the competitive challenges created, particularly for other public service broadcasters’ video-on-demand services. So, while we have concluded that the public value justifies the adverse impact on fair and effective competition we have identified, and the BBC can proceed with its plans, this is subject to certain conditions and guidance. Our conditions will ensure that the new BBC iPlayer delivers future public value, and will mitigate risks to fair and effective competition.”

Staff Reporter

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