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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

Satellite broadband trial for rural UK

A trial has been launched to establish the extent to which satellites can be used to deliver high-speed connections to more than a dozen ‘very hard to reach’ UK locations – the less than one per cent of sites which are too difficult to upgrade via expensive physical cables in more extreme locations such as […]

December 1, 2022By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary: ‘BBC a national asset’

UK culture secretary Michelle Donelan has told Sky News that the BBC is a “national asset” and confirmed that she is “working very closely” with fellow public service broadcaster Channel 4 as to whether it should be sold off or not. The comments came as Donelan inspected construction work at Shepperton Studios. Donelan’s predecessor Nadine […]

November 28, 2022By Colin Mann

Ericsson in UK 6G research programme

Comms technologist Ericsson is to establish a new research unit in the UK as part of a multi-million-pound investment to boost the country’s future wireless connectivity capabilities. Tens of millions of pounds (GBP) will be invested by Ericsson over the next 10 years in a UK-based programme that will focus on 6G research and breakthrough […]

November 22, 2022By Colin Mann

C4 privatisation set to be shelved

The proposed privatisation of UK commercial PSB Channel 4 is set to be dropped, according to the FT, with newly-elected Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reassessing policy pledges made by previous administrations as he considers his legislative priorities. “We are looking at all the campaign pledges and we are looking at whether it is the right […]

November 4, 2022By Colin Mann

Birthday cards call for end to C4 privatisation plan

Supporters of Channel 4 have gathered outside the broadcaster’s offices in Leeds and London to hand in two giant birthday cards calling for the channel to stay in public hands. The cards, which are 2ft and 5ft respectively, celebrate the channel’s first broadcast 40 years ago today and include the logos of the over 40 […]

November 2, 2022