John Whittingdale

Karen Bradley named UK culture secretary

MP Karen Bradley has been appointed UK culture secretary, taking over from John Whittingdale. The move was announced yesterday, during Theresa May’s first full day as prime minister, as part of a broad cabinet shake-up that resulted in a number of senior ministers being replaced. Bradley has been the member of parliament for Staffordshire Moorlands […]

UK’s creative industry ‘can lead post-Brexit growth’

The UK’s creative businesses can lead economic growth in a post-Brexit UK, according to the government and industry group the Creative Industries Council. It said the prospects for the country’s creative industries remain strong after the recent Brexit vote to leave the European Union. It has outlined an ambitious plan to grow the country’s exports […]

Industry figures vocal in support for BBC

Several actors and TV industry names used their BAFTA award acceptance speeches to register strong support for the BBC, just days before the publication of a government report on the future of the UK public broadcaster. Wolf Hall pair Peter Kosminsky and Mark Rylance were the most vocal on a night when their period drama […]

Culture secretary to close BBC ‘iPlayer loophole’

UK culture secretary John Whittingdale has vowed to close the “iPlayer loophole”, which allows non-licence fee payers to access the online catch-up service for free. Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention yesterday, Whittingdale said that he will bring in legislation to extend the licence fee to cover catch-up, as well as live linear, content “as […]

BBC licence fee ‘not settled’

The amount the BBC charges UK consumers for its channels and services has not been set, culture secretary John Whittingdale has told a radio show on the UK public broadcaster’s Radio 4 station. It was widely understood that the licence fee had been set to increase in line with inflation, as part of a July […]

EBU calls on UK to protect independence and financing of BBC

The EBU has called on the UK government to guarantee the BBC’s independence and has expressed concern about recent discussion about the pubcaster’s future. In a letter to UK culture, media and sport secretary John Whittingdale, EBU secretary-general Ingrid Deltenre said that “the BBC continues to set the standard across Europe” for public broadcasting and […]

UK government examines Channel 4 privatisation

The UK government is examining the privatisation of Channel 4, official papers have revealed. Pictures were taken of the official documents – marked ‘sensitive’ – as a government official carried them into Downing Street. A portion of the visible text read: “Work should proceed to examine the options of extracting greater public value from the […]

UK government launches review of BBC governance

UK government launches review of BBC governanceThe UK government has appointed former Virgin Money and Prudential chairman and former Bank of England deputy governor Sir David Clementi to head up an independent review into how the BBC is governed and regulated. The review will form part of the ongoing BBC Charter renewal process. Clementi has […]

UK superfast broadband scheme connects three million

The government-funded rollout of superfast broadband in the UK has now reached more than three million homes and businesses. According to the government, the rollout of internet speeds greater than 24 Mbps to properties not covered by existing commercial networks is on track to take superfast access to 95% of the UK by 2017. Government […]

Whittingdale appoints Charter Renewal advisory panel

UK culture secretary John Whittingdale has appointed an eight-strong panel to advise the government ahead of UK pubcaster the BBC having its Charter renewed. The Charter outlines the scope of the BBC’s activities and the licence fee it can command the new panel will meet about six times a year to advise Whittingdale ahead of […]