The Assembly reaffirms that public service broadcasting remains
essential for meeting the needs of individuals and society as a
whole with regard to information, education and culture. National
legislators have the power and responsibility to decide on the specific
mission, structure and funding of their public service broadcasters, in
accordance with national or regional circumstances and requirements.
Public service broadcasters exist in an environment which
is marked by the simultaneous offer of a multitude of private channels
free of charge, on-demand media services and the rapid increase
of audio-visual content accessible on the Internet. In view of changing
user demands and decreasing public acceptance, public service broadcasters
should be able to utilise new technologies to increase the accessibility
of their services and to offer new, additional services, including
interactive and on-demand media services.
While funding of public service broadcasting is in the public
interest, public service broadcasters must meet quality standards
concerning audio-visual content and services. Therefore, public
accountability mechanisms for quality control should be established,
including evaluations by users.