NYHET | 8 Sep 2017

The Swedish public service inquiry: part 2

The Swedish Government has assigned a parliamentary committee to overhaul the terms for public service broadcasters, who will face a new license period from January 2020. This is a supplementary directive to an inquiry launched in autumn 2016.

Before the new license period for the Swedish public service radio and TV broadcasters (SR, SVT and UR), there will be an overhaul of the terms for the companies. A license period usually lasts six years; the next period will begin on January 1, 2020.

Assessing the public service financing model
In autumn 2016 the parliamentary committee was assigned a first task, which was to assess alternative systems of financing as the current household license fee is not considered a sustainable model for the future. This investigation is to be published by November 17, 2017.

Public service in the digital environment
In June of this year, the committee’s task was broadened. It is to look into several areas, including minority programming and regional production, but its main focus is to be on the public service companies’ activities in an increasingly digital media environment. The committee is to consider how the public service companies should reach as many citizens as possible, including via digital platforms. Furthermore, it is to assess the public service companies’ collaborations with commercial companies and their relationships with global digital actors and distributors.

The next public service license period will begin on January 1, 2020. The committee is to publish this second report on June 29, 2018.

For more information on the parliamentary committee on public service broadcasting and its work, go to www.sou.gov.se/parlamentariska-public-service-kommitten/ (in Swedish only)