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Govt set to block BBC licence fee increase

UK Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has suggested that the government is to block an expected 9 per cent licence fee increase set out in a funding agreement struck by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The fee is supposed to rise in line with inflation from April 2024, and in the three years after that. Speaking […]

December 4, 2023

Oxfam, WaterBear bring voices of marginalised activists to COP

As the UN climate summit, COP28, kicks off this month where political and business leaders gather to review the progress made on limiting global warming– WaterBear believes crucial voices continue to be side-lined: the voices on the frontline of climate change. To shed light on this, WaterBear, the free eco-streamer, and international organisation Oxfam have […]

November 30, 2023

Abudu appointed Creatives Champion for UK-African Investment Summit

Media mogul, entrepreneur and CEO of EbonyLife Group, Mo Abudu, has been appointed Creatives Champion for the upcoming UK-African Investment Summit scheduled to take place in April 2024 in the UK. The announcement was made by the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, The Rt. Hon James Cleverly, during the Creative […]

August 3, 2023

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

Grown-ups in the room

On the same day the DCMS has confirmed an earlier leak that it is dropping its mad idea of privatising C4, Matt Hancock, the gurning TV celeb and former DCMS Secretary, closed his personal app (he launched it five years ago, in case you’re not a follower). Does this coincidence indicate that the grown-ups are […]

January 5, 2023

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

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

Donelan retains DCMS brief

Michelle Donelan, appointed as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in outgoing UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s first Cabinet, is to carry on in the role under new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Unlike some of her predecessors in the role, Donelan has relevant professional experience. Before going into politics, she worked […]

October 26, 2022By Colin Mann

Pact members call for C4 sell-off rethink

Members of Pact, the UK screen sector trade body representing and supporting independent production and distribution companies, have sent an open letter to the Conservative Leadership candidates, calling on them to reconsider the Government’s plans to privatise Channel 4. The letter to Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak has been signed by over 750 Pact members representing […]

September 2, 2022By Colin Mann

Sky News to host Conservative leadership debate

Sky News will host the first live television debate with those vying to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and the country’s next Prime Minister following Boris Johnson’s resignation. On July 18th, the candidates will come together at the Sky News studios in West London for a live debate hosted by Kay Burley. […]

July 11, 2022