PN180705bbc

MONDAY 18 JULY 2005

ATTENTION: FORWARD PLANNING/NEWS EDITORS/ MEDIA/POLITICAL CORRESPONDENTS

BBC CHARTER INQUIRY - BBC CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTOR GENERAL AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT TO GIVE EVIDENCE

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Review of the BBC Charter, chaired by Lord Fowler, will be holding two evidence sessions this week.

Public hearings

Tuesday 19 July (Committee Room 3)

3.30pm

Mr Michael Grade CBE, Chairman of the BBC and Mr Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC

Wednesday 20 July (Committee Room 3)

10.45am

Department for Culture, Media and Sport Panel to include:

  • The Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Mr James Purnell MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, DCMS

  • Mr Andrew Ramsay, Director-General (Economic Impact), DCMS

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. The Department for Culture Media and Sport's Green Paper "Review of the BBC's Royal Charter: A strong BBC, independent of Government" sets out their proposals for the BBC's future www.bbccharterreview.org.uk/pdf_documents/bbc_cr_greenpaper.pdf

2. Link to the press release announcing the formation of the Committee

http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/lords_press_notices/pn090305bbc.cfm

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