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MPs question C4 as sell-off in balance

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to question the Chief Executive and Operating Officers of Channel 4 on their thoughts on Government plans to privatise the broadcaster. Questions are expected to cover whether privatisation will increase or decrease the channel’s impact and contribution to the sector, as well as […]

July 11, 2022By Colin Mann

UK MPs to probe connected tech

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to examine the impacts of the increasing prevalence of smart and connected technology and what needs to be done to ensure it is safe and secure for its users. The ‘Connected tech: smart or sinister?’ inquiry will explore how devices including smart speakers, […]

May 12, 2022By Colin Mann

MPs to question Grade

Lord Michael Grade will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) Committee of the UK House of Commons on March 31st for pre-appointment scrutiny following the Government’s announcement that he is the preferred candidate for the post of Ofcom Chair. He has been announced as the DCMS’s candidate more than two years after […]

March 28, 2022By Colin Mann

MPs: ‘Online Safety Bill missed opportunity’

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK’s lower legislative chamber, the House of Commons has warned that draft Government legislation on online harms would fail to prevent the sharing of some of the most “insidious” images of child abuse and violence against women and girls. Scrutiny by the DCMS Committee of the […]

January 24, 2022By Colin Mann

UK government backs music group CMA referral

UK government ministers have referred the case for a market study on the economic impact of dominance by the major music groups to the Competition and Markets Authority, a key recommendation of the DCMS Committee’s Report, Economics of Music Streaming, acknowledging it as a “key moment for the music industry”. The Government Response generated by […]

September 22, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs to hold BBC Dyson Report hearing

Following a private meeting of the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Chair Julian Knight has confirmed that it will hold an evidence session to examine questions raised by the report from Lord Dyson investigating the circumstances around the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. The session, which is […]

May 25, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs: ‘Government has no options on licence fee’

The Government’s failure to enable a viable and alternative form of funding for the BBC means it will be forced to rely on the TV licence fee for the term of the next Charter, according to a cross-party group of MPs. In a wide-ranging Report, The future of public service broadcasting, the House of Commons […]

March 25, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs criticise BBC’s £1m legal fees

The BBC has disclosed it paid more than £1 million (€1.29m) to external barristers and solicitors to deal with tribunal claims brought by staff in equal pay and race discrimination cases. The BBC was unable to put a figure on additional costs of using in-house lawyers to deal with staff allegations concerning equal pay or […]

January 22, 2021By Colin Mann