Save Our BBC CIC is a private company limited by guarantee, registered under the Companies Act 2006 as a Community Interest Company, Number 9349426.
Save Our BBC CIC’s registered Office is: LIS Ltd, Main Road, Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 8RP
What’s the background to the formation of this company and campaign?
UK broadcasting started with BBC radio in 1922. The BBC provided public service programmes. The BBC subsequently broadcasts on both television and online. In the meantime independent broadcasters were born and developed. The result is a mixed economy of public and commercial service broadcasting. The early independent broadcasters were only licensed so long as they provided some Public Service Broadcasting.
Public Service Broadcasting produces a full and wide range of quality programmes irrespective of the size of audiences – the aim is to provide everything that will inform, educate and entertain, subject to attracting a sufficient critical mass of an audience, that is a large enough niche. It is non-profit making but needs finance to invest in future production.
Today in 2015 the only Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) are the BBC and Channel 4; a few other broadcasters do produce some Public Service programmes, output and content.
Commercial broadcasters have joined in the UK’s broadcasting business knowing the BBC and PSBs already existed and their ethos is the basis of British broadcasting. They enter and continue in broadcasting with their eyes open to the prior existence of the BBC and PSBs and are welcome to stay on that basis but we do not want to lose any of the BBC or PSB; and we will vote with our funding to let commercial broadcasters know whether or not their output is wanted and viable. Historically, the BBC was not a market intervention but a great innovation.