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Media Bill set to become law

The Media Bill, which had been at risk of not being enacted following the calling of a General Election, is set to receive Royal Assent following its successful passage through the UK Houses of Parliament. Nine CEOs from the UK broadcasting industry had urged Parliament to pass Bill updates prior to it being dissolved prior […]

May 24, 2024By Colin Mann

Ofcom sets out Media Bill regulation roadmap

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has set out its plans for putting the Media Bill into practice, once it becomes law. The Bill represents the first major update to media legislation for 20 years. It takes forward many of Ofcom’s recommendations to deliver a stronger system of public service media fit for the digital age, following […]

February 26, 2024By Colin Mann

MPs to quiz C4 chiefs

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons is to hold an Evidence Session on the work of Channel 4. The meeting on November 28th is a regular scrutiny session of the broadcaster’s annual performance. The Committee will quiz the Chair (Sir Ian Cheshire), and Chief Executive of Channel 4 (Alex […]

November 27, 2023By Colin Mann

UK Government responds to Media Bill scrutiny

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons has published the Government response to its reports on the draft Media Bill. The Bill was introduced to Parliament after its inclusion in the King’s Speech. The Secretary of State confirmed that the Government has accepted the majority of recommendations made by the […]

November 17, 2023By Colin Mann

UK announces C4 production protections

The UK’s TV production industry will benefit from a package of new safeguards as the government proceeds with reforms – including via the Media Bill introduced in Parliament on November 8th – to support Channel 4’s long-term sustainability. Earlier in 2023, the government committed to giving Channel 4 the ability via the Media Bill to […]

November 8, 2023

Media Committee Chair welcomes King’s Speech commitments

Commenting on the inclusion of the Media Bill and the Football Governance Bill in the King’s Speech, which sets out the Government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Chair Dame Caroline Dinenage MP said: “The Media Bill will be vital for ensuring our public service broadcasters can continue to thrive […]

November 8, 2023By Colin Mann

MPs back Media Bill radio protection measures

The UK Government should include measures to protect radio when it introduces the Media Bill to address the risk to the industry of larger platforms controlling access to stations and driving listeners elsewhere, according to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. The Committee’s recommendation is contained in its first report following its […]

July 21, 2023By Colin Mann

Radiocentre unveils action plan for radio’s future

Radiocentre, the trade body for the UK commercial radio sector, is extending its remit as part of a new action plan aimed at making the UK a world leader in radio and audio in the digital age. The plan, Commercial Radio: Stronger than Ever, will see Radiocentre promote all forms of audio owned and operated […]

June 21, 2023By Colin Mann

Broadcast execs call for swift Media Bill progress

UK broadcast industry executives have called for swift progress on enacting the proposed Media Bill stressing that it must be future-proofed to avoid issues arising, as has become the case with existing legislation, which is 20 years-old. Delivering a keynote speech on ‘the future for the BBC – audiences, mission, scope and priorities, UK and […]

April 28, 2023By Colin Mann

Media Bill: Industry response

Following publication by the UK government of its draft Media Bill, which it says will enable public service broadcasters better to compete with streaming giants, a number of political and industry figures have shared their thoughts on the proposals. Shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell said that the bill was “long overdue”, adding: “British TV and […]

March 30, 2023By Colin Mann