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Quality Threshold
Quality threshold

A phrase used to describe the minimum standard or quality of programming provision necessary to pass the first stage of the franchise auction procedure for the allocation of a licence to broadcast in one of the 15 regions of the Channel 3 commercial television network. The Broadcasting Act 1990 (Part 1, Chapter 2, Section 16 (1) and (2)) detailed closely the rigorous programming requirements necessary to clear the quality threshold and charged the Independent Television Commission with the responsibility to ensure that potential licence holders would be able to meet them. This demanding regulatory regime constituted what the then Home Secretary described as a ‘veritable Beechers Brook’ for the television companies to hurdle.

To ‘leap’ this quality threshold and meet statutory requirements, programming must ...

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