Government plans to bring streaming giants under UK regulation

Government plans to bring streaming giants under UK regulation

The Government plans to regulate streaming giants such as Netflix, Disney and Amazon Prime in the same way as traditional broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV.

Under plans to be published this week, media watchdog Ofcom would extend the same control over on-demand services, meaning it could rule on complaints relating to issues including bias and inaccuracy.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is expected to set out the proposal in a broadcasting white paper.

Public service broadcasters (PSBs) face increasing pressure from streaming services with large budgets for original productions and increasing numbers of young subscribers.

Mr Dowden has previously said it is time to “ask really profound questions” about PSBs and the role they play in the new media landscape. Under current rules, Netflix does not fall within Ofcom’s jurisdiction because it is based in the Netherlands.

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