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MPs to vote on Media Select Committee Chair

Nominations are now open for the position of Chair of the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee following the resignation of Julian Knight. Nominations close at noon on May 16th. If there is more than one candidate, a ballot of the whole House will take place on May 17th between 11am […]

April 25, 2023By Colin Mann

Green named acting DCMS Committee Chair

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has agreed that Damian Green MP will act as Chair during the absence of Julian Knight. Knight announced December 2022 that he would be recusing himself from Parliament until a complaint made about him to the Metropolitan Police has been resolved. Green has been […]

January 10, 2023By 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

Dorries confirms licence fee freeze

Following suggestions that such an announcement was imminent, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has confirmed the TV licence fee will remain at £159 (€190) until 2024 and then rise in line with inflation for the following four years. The plans for the new licence fee settlement cover a period of six years and will take effect […]

January 18, 2022By Colin Mann

MPs welcome research on music creators’ streaming earnings

Julian Knight, Chair of the UK House of Commons House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has welcomed the publication of Government research into how creators earn money through streaming. The Intellectual Property Office published its findings, Music creators’ earnings in the digital era, following the Government Response to the Committee’s Economics of […]

September 24, 2021

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

Former BBC exec quits Ofcom board; Hall steps down at National Gallery

Tim Suter, who, while a senior BBC executive, was part of the 1996 internal investigation into how discredited reporter Martin Bashir secured an interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, has stepped down from the board of broadcasting regulator Ofcom. Separately Lord (Tony) Hall has stepped down from his role as Chairman of the National Gallery. […]

May 24, 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 Government gigabit targets response

Julian Knight, Chair of the UK parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has criticised the Government for its failure to answer questions on how it intends to deliver on its revised-down broadband targets and the roll-out of 5G. In a Report, Broadband and the road to 5G, MPs had warned that Ministers risked failing […]

March 5, 2021By Colin Mann