Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Communications Review Next Steps

A series of policy seminars will be held in the coming months to shape and inform the Government’s communications review.
The UK has a world-class communications industry and the Government is committed to providing the sector with the right conditions to continue to prosper and grow.
The Government is working to reform and update the legislation covering our communications sector to help secure the UK’s place as the technology hub of Europe.
They will introduce a new Communications Bill by the end of the Parliament to ensure the UK continues to have a world-beating communications sector that delivers innovative and high-quality content along with safe and efficient services.
The seminars will be used to examine particular issues and collect evidence to inform the communications review.
Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt said: "The UK’s communications sector is one of the strongest in the world. We must ensure the sector can grow by being at the forefront of new developments in the industry.
"It is essential that we set the right conditions for the industry to enable businesses to grasp the opportunities created by new technology."
In May last year, the Government published an open letter inviting views on what the communications review should focus on.
The responses to the open letter showed there was no need for a complete overhaul of the legislation but they did recognise the need to update regulations to ensure they are fit for the digital age.
They must ensure that any regulations provide the sector with the flexibility it needs to take advantage of the opportunities for growth presented by new technology and business models.
The seminars will be dedicated to exploring specific issues and we will shortly publish a series of policy papers outlining the key questions each seminar will consider.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: "The communications industry is a key part of our economy. We have the largest independent television production sector in the world while the UK is the second largest music exporter in the world.
"We are the only country in the world with five public sector broadcasters and we spend more per person on e-commerce than any other major economy.
"Through these seminars, we will look in detail at how best to drive investment and competition. We want to shape the Communications Bill so that we have the right framework to secure our place as Europe’s tech hub."
The seminars will look at:
Driving investment in TV content;
Competition in the content market;
The consumer perspective;
Maximising the value of spectrum;
Supporting growth in the radio sector.
Several other strands of work to help create the right conditions for the UK’s creative and digital sectors to grow are on going.
The existing work on online copyright infringement will continue. The Government is also working to implement the recommendations from the review of the UK’s entire intellectual property framework, which was led by Professor Ian Hargreaves.
The work on content regulation will be taken forward in the autumn following the recommendations of The Leveson Inquiry.
Lord Justice Leveson is expected to finish the formal part of the Inquiry by the end of July and will publish his report in the autumn. The report will include recommendations on the future of press regulation.
A White Paper will be published in early 2013 with a Communications Bill introduced by the final session of this Parliament.
The Government is also working to provide greater protection for children from inappropriate content. We are strengthening the ratings system for video games, consulting on extending age ratings to more music videos while regulators have strengthened the rules covering outdoor and online advertising.
The top four internet service providers (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin) have committed to ensuring all new customers make an active choice on whether adult content on their home internet connection should be blocked.
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety has been working with the wider internet industry on the adoption of active choice across all internet enabled devices and internet access points. The Department for Education will also consult industry and others about what more can be done to keep children safe online.
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Why You Can't Afford To Be The EasyJet Of The Broadcast Industry
My visit to the IBC Show was limited to one day this year so, to get the most out of my time, I booked a very early flight to Schiphol and a relativel
Further Support For Irish Film & TV Industry
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has welcomed the announcement of an additional €1.5 million for Ireland's film, television and ani
NFTS Opens 4K Digital Content Training Studio & Hub
The National Film and Television School (NFTS) officially opens the Sony Gallery, which is located in its ground-breaking 4K Digital Content Training
Production News : BECTU Signs Sector Agreement With PACT
BECTU the union has signed off on the first sector agreement covering crew in TV drama since 2003. Head of BECTU, Gerry Morrissey visited the offices
18 Reasons To Boost Internal Communications
Are your internal comms really achieving everything they could be? You might not be surprised to hear that boosting your team communications could mak
Imagine Communications Introduces Selenio One XC
Imagine Communications has introduced Selenio™ One XC, a software-only addition to the company's next-generation multipurpose compression platform, wh
Govt Urged To 'Think Big' For UK Communications Sector
It has been suggested that the communications industry is the key to re-balancing the UK Economy. In a new report, called Blazing a trail – the UK com
Tata Communications And Primestream Join Forces
Tata Communications and Primestream have collaborated to launch an enterprise-grade Media Asset Management (MAM) solution in the cloud. The new platfo
Hiltron Communications Selects Managing Director
Hiltron Communications has appointed Antonio Monteverde as Managing Director. Dan Technologies A/S announced the key management promotion. "Antonio Mo
Riedel Communications Marks 30 Years of Innovation
Celebrating three decades of business this year, Riedel Communications has become synonymous with excellence in real-time video, audio, data, and comm
Riedel Communications Appoints Chief Sales Officer
Riedel Communications has appointed Martin Bergeras as its new Chief Sales Officer (CSO). Mr Berger joins the company with more than 20 years of exper
Tom Cotney Named Imagine Communications' CEO
Imagine Communications has named Tom Cotney as its new CEO, effective immediately. Current CEO, Charlie Vogt, is to join The Gores Group as a Senior A
Trilogy Communications' Mentor RG Now Shipping
Trilogy Communications has announced that Mentor RG, the new sync and test pulse generator (SPG), is now shipping. With unparalleled accuracy and reli
Bubble Communications Expand With Vox National Events
Global PR, marketing and events agency, Bubble Communications, has acquired VOX National Events, the established organiser and producer of the VOX Sum
Imagine Communications' Supplies Router For OB Truck
Imagine Communications has supplied the core infrastructure, including a multi-format router, for a new outside broadcast truck built by Italian produ