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BBC review Terms of Reference published

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has produced the Terms of Reference for the BBC Mid-Term Review following consultation with the BBC, Ofcom and each of the Devolved Administrations in accordance with article 57 of the Corporation’s Royal Charter. Established by Royal Charter. Following the Charter Review in 2015/16, new governance […]

May 26, 2022By Colin Mann

Dorries: C4 ‘free’ of PSB status in a decade

UK DCMS Secretary Nadine Dorries says it is “laughable” that she is spearheading the sale of Channel 4 out of vengeance, though adding in the same evidence to MPs that it ‘hadn’t done itself any favours’ in a reference to an old story about Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow abusing Tory MPs. In the […]

May 19, 2022

UK MPs to question media secretary

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to question Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on online safety and public service broadcasters as part of an evidence session on the work of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). In a wide-ranging session, […]

May 13, 2022By Colin Mann

UK policy: Regulate SVoD, sell C4, protect PSB sport

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport says that TV and radio audiences will enjoy a new golden age of programming as the government updates decades-old broadcasting regulations. The government plans to pursue a change of ownership of Channel 4 to give it the tools it needs to succeed in the future as […]

April 28, 2022By Colin Mann

MPs approve Grade Ofcom appointment

Lord Grade would bring considerable experience and knowledge of the media sector to the role of Ofcom Chair but may need to be supported with advice on social media and online safety to properly carry out the job, MPs have suggested. In a Report published following a pre-appointment hearing with the Government’s preferred candidate on […]

April 1, 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

DCMS Chair: ‘Ofcom appointment ridiculous soap opera’

Following correspondence from the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the appointment of a new Chair for Ofcom, DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP criticised the continuing delays to the process. “Another week, another new instalment of suspense in the ridiculous soap opera that is the race to […]

March 7, 2022By Colin Mann

£50m boost for UK creative sector

UK creative industries businesses will benefit from a £50 million (€60.7m) Government boost to help drive economic growth and level up the country. The investment includes £21 million to help build on the international success of the UK film industry through a three-year UK Global Screen Fund. This follows a successful one-year pilot of the […]

February 1, 2022By Colin Mann

Report calls for spectrum sharing policy priority

The industry-led sounding board to UK Government and comms regulator Ofcom, UK Spectrum Policy Forum (UK SPF), has released research in collaboration with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on how current shared spectrum access is creating the conditions for new players to provide innovative 5G services. The report, SPF Cluster 3 […]

January 27, 2022By Colin Mann

MPs doubt UK Gb rollout

A report from the cross-party Public Accounts Committee of the UK’s House of Commons says it is not convinced the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will meet even its downgraded targets for the increasingly critical rollout of super-fast, gigabit broadband, and is relying too heavily on commercial contractors for the progress that […]

January 19, 2022By Colin Mann