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BBC defends over-75s licence fee plans following damning DCMS committee report

The BBC has responded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee report into the PSB’s decision to cut free TV licences for over-75s, backing its new ruling.  The report said that the body was “disappointed with the BBC’s decision not to continue free licences for the over-75s.” As quoted by a […]

UK government launches survey on creative sector’s ‘no deal Brexit’ preparedness

The UK government has set out to gauge the preparedness of creative organisations, including the TV industry, in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a survey to understand a range of sectors’ awareness and readiness for such a scenario on 31 October. The impetus behind the […]

DCMS committee calls for regulation of online platforms

A compulsory code of ethics, overseen by an independent regulator, should be brought in to monitor online platforms like Facebook and bring an end to self-regulation, according to a UK parliamentary report. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s damning final report on ‘Disinformation and ‘fake news,’’ published today after an 18-month inquiry, recommended […]

UK government to examine the development of VR and AR

The UK government is due to examine the development of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, looking at the impact these could have on sport, entertainment and news. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee has launched an inquiry that will look at growth areas like immersive media, VR and […]

UK culture secretary moves to department of health, replacement named

Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam, Jeremy Wright, has been named the UK’s new culture secretary after Matt Hancock took the health secretary role yesterday as part of a cabinet reshuffle. Wright takes over from Hancock as secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, having worked as attorney general for the past four […]

Boost for Comcast’s Sky bid as Hancock ‘not minded’ to intervene

Comcast has received a boost in its bid for Sky as UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport Matt Hancock has said he is “not minded” to intervene. While the UK Enterprise Act grants Hancock the power to intervene in media mergers on public interest ground, he said that the evidence presented so […]

UK makes major VR pledge in £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal

The UK government has made a major commitment to virtual reality (VR) and immersive technologies as part its Creative Industries Sector Deal. Unveiled yesterday, the deal will see the government and industry jointly invest more than £150 million to help cultural and creative business thrive across Britain. As part of this, the Sector Deal aims […]

UK government: superfast broadband now in 95% of UK premises

The UK government says it has delivered its manifesto commitment to extend superfast broadband to 95% of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2017. Culture minister Matt Hancock announced the news today after independent broadband news and information site ThinkBroadband confirmed that more than 19 out of 20 UK homes and businesses can […]

Matt Hancock upped to culture secretary

The UK’s minister of state for digital, Matt Hancock, has been promoted to secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport as part of prime minister Teresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Hancock replaces Karen Bradley who has now been appointed secretary of state for Northern Ireland. She in turn replaces James Brokenshire who has stepped […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (€67 million) production and distribution boost, which has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other free TV networks, […]