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COBA members are important investors in UK content and jobs in the broadcasting sector and are growing that investment steadily and strongly. To help sustain this growth, and maintain the UK’s position as a leading European hub, it is vital to consider the impact of any changes to legislation or regulation to this part of the broadcasting sector, as well as to incentivise further investment where appropriate .

COBA believes that the UK should strive for an environment where:


  • Public policy incentivises all broadcasters to invest in the widest range of content and services;
  • Fair and open competition exists;
  • Where appropriate, there is a light-touch regulatory regime that benefits the whole of the broadcasting market;
  • The Country of Origin principle is upheld and supported so that broadcasters can continue to base their pan-EU operations in the UK;
  • A robust but flexible IP regime exists to facilitate investment and growth.

Most Recent Papers

COBA welcomes Prime Minister’s recognition of international broadcasters in her Mansion House speech on Friday 2 March. “The Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) welcomes the importance that the Prime Minister gave in her Mansion House speech on Friday to broadcasting. We strongly support the Prime Minister’s recognition of the enriching role that UK-based broadcasters and programme makers have in […]

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Losing access to EU markets could jeopardise up to £1 billion in annual investment from international broadcasters, a new report published by COBA reveals. International broadcasters invested a record £1.02 billion in the UK last year, up more than 50% on 2011 – but this investment is at risk unless the Government secures access to […]

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