Department for Culture Media and Sport

commercial broadcasting

We ensure that the framework for commercial television and radio broadcasting encourages choice, innovation and competition.

Commercial television

Commercial television services include:

  • ITV, which consists of 15 regional services and GMTV
  • Channel 4
  • Five
  • Teletext
  • local television services on terrestrial television
  • a wide range of cable, satellite and digital services

There are over 350 commercial radio stations in the UK broadcasting on analogue and digital. National commercial radio services include:

The Office of Communications (Ofcom) is responsible for licensing and monitoring commercial television and radio.