LORDS

Lords to hear from BBC Trust and Secretary of State on plurality

26 November 2013

On Tuesday 26 November, the House of Lords Communications Committee will put questions to representatives of the BBC Trust and, following that, to Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Witnesses

Tuesday 26 November 2013, Committee Room 2, House of Lords

At 3.30 pm, from the BBC Trust

  • Diane Coyle, Vice Chairman
  • Alex Towers, Deputy Director - Trust Unit

Possible questions

On any assessment, the BBC makes a major contribution to the provision and consumption of news and current affairs in the UK. With that in mind, on 23 July 2013, the Committee took evidence from the BBC itself, and sought an account of the ways in which the BBC currently helps to provide a plural diet of news and current affairs to UK citizens.  The Committee will now explore some of these questions further.  In particular the Committee will ask the Trust, which carries responsibility to govern and set the strategic objectives for the BBC, whether there is any case to be made for the BBC to operate differently from the way it currently does, in the interests of media plurality in the longer term.

At 4.30 pm

  • Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government launched a consultation on media ownership and plurality on 30 July 2013, with the closing deadline for responses on 22 October 2013.

Possible questions

The Committee will therefore ask questions about any headline themes to have emerged in the early stages of the Department’s analysis of this consultation, how they will take the Committee’s own report into account and about the next steps the Government plans to take after this.

This will be the Committee's final evidence session of this inquiry.

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