Oliver Dowden

UK government drops plan to decriminalise non-payment of BBC licence fee

The UK government has shelved plans to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee that funds public broadcaster the BBC, but with the caveat that such a move will “remain under active consideration while more work is undertaken to understand the impact of alternative enforcement schemes”. The decision not to decriminalise non-payment comes after a consultation […]

No plans for disclaimer on The Crown, confirms Netflix

Netflix will not add a content disclaimer to its big-budget drama The Crown, the streamer has said. The series, which charts and dramatises the reign of Elizabeth II, recently launched its fourth season and was met with scrutiny by the UK government, led by culture secretary Oliver Dowden. Dowden told the Mail on Sunday that […]

Dowden: Premier League could go FTA on return

The English Premier League could be broadcast on free-to-air TV if and when it resumes the 2019/20 season. Speaking at a meeting of the DCMS committee on Wednesday, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden said that “productive talks” were being had with sports bodies from across the country and admitted that the Premier League will likely […]

Culture secretary Dowden launches political attack on BBC

Incumbent culture secretary Oliver Dowden has called the BBC “an institution to be cherished” but said that it lacks “diversity of thought” in a stark attack on the broadcaster. Dowden, who was appointed to the role as a part of prime minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle, will speak today at a media conference hosted by […]