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About the Television industry

Broadcast Television is going through an extraordinary time of change and challenge.

It is still one of the most popular forms of entertainment and information, with the average British viewer still watching twenty hours or more per week. But the rapid growth of the internet and interactive media is competing strongly for audiences and revenues.


In this section, using the links below, you can find out more about these challenges, as well as the current size and shape of the television industry, its workforce and the main skills issues and concerns.

Defining the Television industry

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The UK industry is dominated by the major broadcasters, plus a much larger number of less well-known broadcasters and production companies. Find out about the size and shape of the industry and its contribution to the economy here

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Who works in Television?

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TV, like the rest of the creative media industry, is characterised by a much higher proportion of freelance and short-term contract working than the economy as a whole. Find out more about the composition of the workforce here.

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Who does the Television industry need?

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Increasingly, people with commercial skills and entrepreneurial talent are needed for a sector that must compete globally. Read more here about the skills shortages in the industry

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What are the main skills issues and concerns in the Television industry?

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There is increasing pressure on professionals to adopt a long-term approach to ensuring their skills are as up to date as possible. Read more about the main skills issues and concerns here

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