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Ofcom sets out online safety plans

Tech firms must use a range of measures to protect their users from illegal content online – from child sexual abuse material and grooming to fraud – under detailed plans set out by the new online safety regulator. Ofcom is exercising its new powers to release draft Codes of Practice that social media, gaming, pornography, search and […]

November 9, 2023By Colin Mann

Satellite funding boost for UK broadband, 5G coverage

British innovators working to revolutionise 5G and broadband coverage for every corner of the UK could be in line to secure up to £160 million (€186m) from a scheme to deliver the next generation of high-tech satellites, Science and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan has announced. LEO satellites represent the next generation of space technology, offering […]

August 2, 2023By Colin Mann

Whittingdale to cover science, media briefs

Former Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Sir John Whittingdale is to act as  a Minister of State jointly in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made the appointments in advance of  Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, and […]

April 24, 2023By Colin Mann

DSIT outlines Ofcom strategy support role

Michelle Donelan, the UK Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, has written to Dame Melanie Dawes, CEO of Ofcom, outlining how the regulator can support the implementation of the Wireless Infrastructure Strategy and Spectrum Statement. The Wireless Infrastructure Strategy aims to drive the deployment and adoption of 5G and other advanced wireless connectivity […]

April 13, 2023By Colin Mann

DCMS loses digital remit

A reorganisation of UK government departments has seen the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport lose its responsibility for digital, reverting to its former title as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with Michelle Donelan being replaced as Secretary of State by Lucy Frazer. Donelan has a new role as Science and Technology […]

February 7, 2023By Colin Mann

Channel 4 privatisation to be shelved

Michelle Donelan, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recommending the Government drops its plans to privatise commercial public service broadcaster Channel 4. Donelan says she has concluded that pursuing a sale at this point is not the right decision and there are better ways […]

January 4, 2023By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary taking maternity leave

Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), has revealed she is expecting a baby in 2023 and will be taking a short maternity leave from DCMS. Given her absence from parliament, it is unlikely that there will be any material progress in the meanwhile on issues such the privatisation of […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann

UK boost for 5G/6G tech research

Research and development on next-generation 5G and 6G wireless technology and telecoms security is to be ramped up as part of a £110 million (€128m) UK government investment. In the package, three leading UK universities, University of York, University of Bristol and University of Surrey, will receive a share of £28 million to team up […]

December 13, 2022By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary reviewing Channel 4 options

Michelle Donelan, the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has said she is considering “other options for providing long-term sustainability” to PSB Channel 4 as the government reviews previously-announced plans to sell the broadcaster. Donelan’s predecessor Nadine Dorries set out plans to take it out of public ownership Responding to questioning at […]

December 7, 2022By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary to face MP questions

Michelle Donelan, the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will appear before the DCMS Committee for the first time since her September 2022 appointment. In a wide-ranging session, MPs are expected to examine her priorities as well as key areas of Committee focus. Questions in the December 6th Evidence Session on […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann