Nicky Morgan to stay on as DCMS secretary

Nicky Morgan is staying on as the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport secretary. Morgan, who resigned as an MP in October, will be created a life peer in order to continue on in the role. This is despite a year prior matter of factly saying: “I would not serve in a Boris Johnson cabinet.” […]

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 […]

BBC licence fee to go up in April

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee will increase from £150.50 (€171.75) to £154.40 per year from April 1, 2019. Licence fee payers will receive a reminder or a payment plan reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal. Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April […]

UK government outlines new measures in piracy clampdown

The UK government has outlined a number of new measures in an effort to clamp down on the illegal streaming of copyrighted content. After calling for views about illicit IPTV streaming devices, the Intellectual Property Office published its response yesterday stating that while existing laws are working, the government will also push ahead with a […]

UK government unveils details of £60m kids TV fund

The UK government has announced the final details of a £60 million fund that aims to halt the decline of UK-produced children’s TV content. First announced in December 2017, the scope of the Contestable Fund has now been confirmed, with up to £57 million of the money to be assigned to the Young Audiences Content […]

UK unveils plans for full fibre and 5G internet

The UK government has unveiled plans to promote the quicker rollout of fibre broadband ahead of an eventual full switch from copper to fibre. Among the recommendations laid out in the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) was new legislation that will guarantee full fibre connections to new build developments. The review also called for an […]

UK grants £184m tax relief to 60 high-end TV shows in 2017/18

Sixty programmes received £184 million in High-End Television Tax Relief (HTR) in 2017-18, according to UK government stats. In total, HTR was paid to 180 claims, with each show able to make several claims during the production process.The government said that the 60 shows accounted for UK expenditure of £612 million (€685 million). Since HTR […]

UK government pledges full-fibre for ‘most homes and businesses’ by 2025

The UK government has said a “step change” is needed in the country’s approach to fibre internet and has set a target for fibre connections to be available to the majority of homes and businesses by 2025. Chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, set out the plan during a speech at the Confederation of British Industry Annual […]

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 pledges £67 million to Gigabit broadband voucher scheme

The UK government has pledged to invest £67 million (€76 million) in a voucher scheme that will help small and medium sized businesses and residents with the costs of connecting to full fibre broadband. Announced by chancellor Philip Hammond, the Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) will provide vouchers worth £3,000 to small businesses or […]

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