Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services in the United Kingdom are currently not regulated by the government, however, that could soon change. Ministers at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport have announced they are developing proposals to bring those international streaming platforms under British broadcasting laws. This move would put them more in line with regulation standards seen by BBC, ITV, Sky, and more.
According to Variety, The government consultation will explore VOD services to include changes to age ratings and addressing impartiality and accuracy rules for documentaries and news content. In addition, “measures to level the playing field so public service broadcasters can compete with international rivals,” are also being considered. These changes would see the media watchdog Ofcom gaining some control over the streamers by holding them to standards of impartiality, fairness, and harm and offense.
This is in order to ensure that the U.K. has a “diverse, free and pluralistic broadcasting landscape with high standards,” said a DCMS statement.
More details are expected to be published by the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden next week, with a white paper due later in the fall.
“Technology has transformed broadcasting but the rules protecting viewers and helping our traditional channels compete are from an analogue age. The time has come to look at how we can unleash the potential of our public service broadcasters while also making sure viewers and listeners consuming content on new formats are served by a fair and well-functioning system,” Dowden said.