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Ofcom questioned on Fox/Sky merger, BBC regulation and Brexit

10 October 2017

The Communications regulator Ofcom faces questions from the Digital, Culture Media and Sport Committee. The session covers the Fox/Sky merger, BBC regulation, and the impact of Brexit.

Witnesses

Tuesday 10 October 2017, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster.

At 10.30am:

  • Sharon White, Chief Executive, Ofcom
  • Dame Patricia Hodgson, Chair, Ofcom

Purpose of the Session

MPs discuss the Fox/Sky merger following Ofcom's report (June 2017) which suggested there were grounds for an investigation of the Murdoch's family control of the UK news landscape.

The case has since been referred by the Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for a further six month investigation. The Secretary of State appears before the Committee in a separate session on Wednesday 11th October 2017.  

Six months after Ofcom assumed responsibility from the BBC Trust in April 2017, the Committee considers the effectiveness of strategy for regulating the BBC, and discusses any challenges faced during the transition. Problems including diversity and representation were recently highlighted after the broadcaster published details of higher-earner salaries. 

Also up for discussion is the potential effect of Brexit on consumers of UK communications.

The Committee also considered the impact of Brexit on digital in the UK during the last Parliament.

Further information

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