BBC no longer a dominant player in TV - deputy director general

Tuesday 13 March 2018 | 17:52 CET | News

BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford has admitted that the corporation is no longer a dominant force in television as it faces increasing competition from US rivals, reports The Telegraph. 

Speaking at a media conference in London, Bulford said the BBC was battling against the 'creative and financial firepower' of US technology companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple and needs to partner with commercial rivals to keep British programming alive. She said there was now 'a real and imminent threat' to British TV content from increased investment in programming by the US companies combined with the growth of mobile devices. 

Meanwhile, Ofcom chief executive Sharon White used the conference to call on UK public service broadcasters to join forces to challenge the power of the US technology firms. In a speech, she warned that public service broadcasting and British programming were under threat from consumption of video on mobile devices. 

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