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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

MPs to examine streaming’s impact on music industry

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to undertake a new inquiry examining what economic impact music streaming is having on artists, record labels and the sustainability of the wider music industry. With streaming currently accounting for more than half of the global music industry’s revenue, the inquiry will look […]

October 15, 2020By Colin Mann

MPs call for broadcasting appointments transparency

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is urging the Government to ensure that the process to appoint the next Chair of the BBC and Chair of Ofcom is “fair and seen to be fair”. It follows media speculation that potential names for the roles had been promoted by senior members […]

October 1, 2020By Colin Mann