The general public wants more of a say in the regulation of television and less interference from government, according to a new survey carried out by the Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC),
The general public wants more of a say in the regulation of television and less interference from government, according to a new survey carried out by the Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC), writes Tara Conlan.

The BSC said the research backed up its case for continuing to exist after the imminent shake-up of the industry's regulation, to be outlined in the forthcoming communications white paper.

A BSC spokesman said that the survey was not part of the regulator's white paper submission, just an update on similar, unpublished research carried out last year, which confirmed most of the proposals in the BSC's white paper submission.

The poll of 1,001 people revealed that 35 per cent want viewers to be involved in a new regulatory framework. Just 12 per cent reckoned the government should be involved, while 56 per cent thought regulation should be overseen by an independent organisation.

However, a third of respondents said they did not know who regulates television at the moment.

A BSC spokesman commented: 'We still want to be here in a couple of years' time and this survey shows the public wants an independent regulator.

The ITC has now changed its stance and is quoting verbatim from what we've been saying.'