BBC under fire over digital channels



Trade body the Satellite and Cable Broadcasting Group (SCBG) says the BBC's digital channels are failing to live up to their statutory requirements.

Its submission to the UK government review of the BBC's digital services claims channels such as BBC Three, CBBC and CBeebies are failing to have a significant impact on digital take-up, and are merely aping commercial rivals.

London Business School's Patrick Barwise and former Channel 4 director of television Tim Gardam are leading the government's review.

At the time of their appointment, early in May, the BBC digital channels including BBC Three and radio stations like 1Xtra were already making a "critical audience impact".

"The services are delivering distinctive and original public service content to UK audiences and are on track to meet all of the conditions of their approvals," the corporation added.