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Does public service broadcasting have a future?

In a Hardtalk interview on 15th January, Gavin Esler discusses the future of television with Jocelyn Hay, chairwoman on the high-profile consumer group Voice of the Listener and Viewer.

The British Government has made significant changes to the regulation of the broadcasting industry with the introduction of the super-regulator, Ofcom.

It's been a busy first few weeks for the new regulator, which is in the middle of its first review of UK public service broadcasting.

Watching the watchdog is Jocelyn Hay, chair of the consumer group Voice of the Listener and Viewer.

She warns that British values on television will be eroded with the relaxation of laws governing foreign ownership.

Gavin Esler asks her what action she wants taken to stop the dumbing down of Britain's most influential cultural asset.

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at 04:30 GMT, 11:30 GMT, 15:30 GMT, 19:30 GMT and 00:30 GMT

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30



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