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DCMS Committee Chair suspended by party

Conservative MP Julian Knight, who chairs the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has had the party whip removed “with immediate effect” after a complaint was made to the Metropolitan Police, the party has said. Knight has represented Solihull in the West Midlands since 2015. A spokeswoman for Chief Whip Simon […]

December 8, 2022By Colin Mann

MPs to question BBC on local radio cuts

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to question BBC executives on the proposed cuts to local radio provision. The corporation announced plans at the end October 2022 for greater programme sharing among local stations, with a shift in investment away from broadcasting to digital content. Overall, the changes will result in […]

November 11, 2022By Colin Mann

MPs to probe NFTs, Blockchain

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to hold an inquiry into the operation, risks, and benefits of NFTs and the wider Blockchain. MPs are expected to consider whether NFT investors, especially vulnerable speculators, are put at risk by the market. The inquiry may also look into the wider benefits […]

November 7, 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

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

Committee Chair slams further Ofcom appointment delay

Julian Knight, Chair of the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has criticised the extension to the deadline for applications for the post of Chair of broadcast and comms regulator Ofcom. “The search for the next Chair of Ofcom goes on in a recruitment process that would put a reality TV […]

January 28, 2022By Colin Mann

Survey: 1 in 20 young adults watch BBC live

Only one in 20 of those aged 18-30 said that they watched any BBC television channels live every day, compared with close to half of the over-65s, according to a YouGov survey for the Sunday Times. The survey found that more than a third of under-30s said they “never” watched any BBC programming live, compared […]

January 24, 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

MPs approve BBC Chair appointment

MPs on the UK House of Commons, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have confirmed the appointment of Richard Sharp as the new Chair of the BBC Board following his appearance before the Committee. In a Report, Committee members say they were impressed by Sharp’s understanding of the business, the need to deliver on public […]

January 18, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs warn of UK connectivity target failure

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is warning the Government that it risks failing to meet its revised-down target for gigabit-capable broadband in the face of considerable challenges to infrastructure roll-out. Evidence to the ‘Broadband and the road to 5G inquiry’ found little confidence that nationwide gigabit-capable broadband by 2025 […]

December 22, 2020By Colin Mann