London: Channel 4 could form a new organisation through partnerships, joint ventures or mergers to provide an alternative to the BBC in producing public service broadcasting in Britain, the media regulator said.
A new remit, governance and accountability would be essential for Channel 4, Ofcom said on Wednesday in its blueprint for broadcasting in the digital age.
Ofcom also said Britain should keep the BBC, paid for by the licence fee which should not be “top-sliced” to be shared with others.
ITV, Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster, should be freed up as a strong commercial network to make entertaining, engaging content with national and international news but with limited public service commitments.
Ofcom said the government would need to take decisions on many of these matters within the next year as the current public service broadcasting model was not sustainable.
“The central challenge is how a strong and historically successful public service broadcasting system can navigate from analogue to digital,” Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said in a statement.
“These proposals set out what we believe is required to fulfil a vision of diverse, vibrant and engaging public service broadcasting content across a range of digital media.”