ITV has confirmed that it has applied to Ofcom to renew its Channel 3 licence, following the publication of the draft Media Bill.
The broadcaster stated that it was to being the process of renewing the nations and regions licences in England, Border Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as applying to renew the Channel 3 breakfast licence.
“The new framework in the draft Media Bill will be fundamental to ITV’s future as a PSB,” said Carolyn McCall, ITV’s Chief Executive.
“ITV is confident that the proposed reforms will give us the certainty to commit to renewing our Channel 3 licence in 2024 and to continue to deliver our public service provisions for a further 10 years and we would ask the government to urgently make available Parliamentary time for the legislation to be passed.”
ITV has been a strong supporter of the Media Bill and stated earlier this year that it was a “decisive staging post” to create a “modern and flexible regulatory regime for TV and media in the UK.”
The broadcaster added that it was crucial for the government to allocate Parliamentary time for the Bill before the next election stating “we would urge them to do this as soon as possible.”