BBC Governors announce public value test for BBC iPlayer

Press release that BBC Governors have launched the first Public Value Test (PVT), on the BBC's iPlayer proposal, described as "a service to unify the BBC's provision of audio and video content on-demand and to make it available to UK audiences over the internet". BBC Management's application is for a service comprising: seven day TV catch-up over the internet; simulcast TV over the internet; and non-time limited audio downloads over the internet. The Governors will now carry out a Public Value Assessment of the proposals, and will shortly be seeking representations on this, while Ofcom carries out a market impact assessment. The Governors expect that the final decision on BBC iPlayer to be made in early 2007, following public consultation on interim findings.

Update, 10 October 2006: Following stakeholder requests, the BBC Governors have released more detailed information on the new on-demand service proposals and pushed back the PVT timetable. The deadline for completion of the overall PVT is now 28 March 2007.

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