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MPs to quiz Minister on connected tech

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee is to question Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure Minister Julia Lopez on connected and smart technology as part of its inquiry, Connect tech: smart or sinister?, examining the impacts of the increasing prevalence of smart and connected technology. The inquiry is looking into what […]

January 30, 2023By Colin Mann

MPs to question BBC Chair

The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to question BBC Chair Richard Sharp following media reports about his appointment. Sharp appeared before the Committee in January 2021 for a pre-appointment hearing in which he faced questions about his political independence and suitability for the role. The Committee subsequently approved his appointment. […]

January 25, 2023By Colin Mann

MPs to quiz Amazon, Google on connected tech

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee is to question representatives from Amazon and Google about the future of their smart devices and data protection. The Committee is expected to ask about the level of data collected by devices and cybersecurity, which the Government has said “continues to be an afterthought […]

January 16, 2023By Colin Mann

Grown-ups in the room

On the same day the DCMS has confirmed an earlier leak that it is dropping its mad idea of privatising C4, Matt Hancock, the gurning TV celeb and former DCMS Secretary, closed his personal app (he launched it five years ago, in case you’re not a follower). Does this coincidence indicate that the grown-ups are […]

January 5, 2023

DCMS Secretary taking maternity leave

Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), has revealed she is expecting a baby in 2023 and will be taking a short maternity leave from DCMS. Given her absence from parliament, it is unlikely that there will be any material progress in the meanwhile on issues such the privatisation of […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary reviewing Channel 4 options

Michelle Donelan, the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has said she is considering “other options for providing long-term sustainability” to PSB Channel 4 as the government reviews previously-announced plans to sell the broadcaster. Donelan’s predecessor Nadine Dorries set out plans to take it out of public ownership Responding to questioning at […]

December 7, 2022By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary to face MP questions

Michelle Donelan, the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will appear before the DCMS Committee for the first time since her September 2022 appointment. In a wide-ranging session, MPs are expected to examine her priorities as well as key areas of Committee focus. Questions in the December 6th Evidence Session on […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary: ‘BBC a national asset’

UK culture secretary Michelle Donelan has told Sky News that the BBC is a “national asset” and confirmed that she is “working very closely” with fellow public service broadcaster Channel 4 as to whether it should be sold off or not. The comments came as Donelan inspected construction work at Shepperton Studios. Donelan’s predecessor Nadine […]

November 28, 2022By Colin Mann

Donelan retains DCMS brief

Michelle Donelan, appointed as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in outgoing UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s first Cabinet, is to carry on in the role under new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Unlike some of her predecessors in the role, Donelan has relevant professional experience. Before going into politics, she worked […]

October 26, 2022By Colin Mann

C4 CEO: ‘Government policy may change’

Alex Mahon, CEO at UK public service broadcaster Channel 4, has acknowledged that the change in leadership of the governing Conservative Party and arrival of a new Secretary of State with responsibility for the broadcast sector, may impact on the previously announced intention to privatise the service. “Where we are now is that the government […]

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