People and Parliament Inquiry: Information Committee to question UK broadcasters

House of Lords Press Release
Contact: Laura Llewelyn 020 7219 6640

The House of Lords Information Committee, which is conducting an inquiry into how the House of Lords can improve public understanding of its work and role, will take evidence tomorrow from broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, and Sky News.

The inquiry has, to date, heard evidence from a variety of sources that include newspaper journalists, young people, web specialists and stakeholders such as the Hansard Society.

The Committee is examining ways to make the House of Lords more open and transparent. The broadcasters will be questioned on topics including ways to encourage communication between broadcasters and Members, access for filming in Parliament, experiences of broadcasting in Westminster, and the potential for expanding coverage through better use of the internet (such as YouTube and providing more information online about bills). 

Giving evidence to the Committee will be:

  • Peter Knowles - Controller of BBC Parliament and Editor of Parliamentary Programmes

  • Adam Boulton - Political Editor, Sky News

  • Toby Castle - Westminster News Editor, ITV News

  • Gary Gibbon - Political Editor, Channel 4 News

  • Simon Mares - Westminster Editor, ITV Regions

The evidence session will start at 4:15 pm on Wednesday 3 June and will be held in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

1. The evidence session is open to the public; journalists wishing to attend should access Parliament via the Cromwell Green Entrance where they will be directed towards the Committee Corridor. Please arrive in plenty of time to allow for security screening.

2. An audiostream of the evidence session will be broadcast live at www.parliamentlive.tv

3. For more details on the committee and their inquiry please see: www.parliament.uk/hlinfocom