LORDS

Lords explore role of public service broadcasters in UK media plurality

23 July 2013

On Tuesday 23 July, the House of Lords Communications Committee will take evidence from the Public Service Broadcasters, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

The evidence sessions will take place on Tuesday 23 July from 3.30 pm in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

Witnesses

At 3.30 pm

From the BBC:

  • Mr James Heath, Director of Policy; and
  • Mr Daniel Wilson, Head of International Policy

Questions to the witnesses will focus on the way that service licences, editorial culture and due impartiality feed into the organisation’s internal plurality.

The Committee will also ask major questions about the roles and responsibilities of the BBC more generally in this regard, and whether the interplay needs to be clarified between due impartiality on the one hand and the breadth of opinion reflected across the BBC’s output on the other.

At 4.30 pm

  • Mr Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV;
  • Mr Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Channel 4; and
  • Mr Marcus Lee, Director of Legal and Commercial Affairs, Channel 5

The Committee will question ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 on issues including:

  • the connections that exist between policies supporting PSB and media plurality more widely;
  • the extent to which editorial responsibility for news is held by the broadcasters themselves as opposed to their news producer, ITN; and
  • what refinements they suggest to the public interest test regime, not least in the light of ITV’s experiences of its processes at the time of the Sky/ITV acquisition of shares in 2006.

Further information

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