Press Notice: British Film and Television Industries

Tuesday 27 October
Contact: Laura Llewelyn 020 7219 8716

DIRECTOR GENERAL AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE BBC TO GIVE EVIDENCE TO LORDS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, and Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer of the BBC, will give evidence tomorrow to the House of Lords Communications Committee as part of its inquiry into the British television and film industries.

They will be asked about the BBC's programming budget; what programming cuts have been made as part of the BBC efficiency savings; and how different genres of television programme receive different investments from the corporation. The Committee will also question them about the possible partnership between BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 and the BBC's proposed shift of network production out of London.

The evidence session with Mark Thompson and Caroline Thomson will take place at 10:30am on Wednesday 28 October in Committee Room 4A 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 St Stephen's Entrance where they will be directed towards the Committee Corridor. Please arrive in plenty of time to allow for security screening.
  2. The evidence session will be broadcast live at: www.parliamentlive.tv
  3. For more information on the Lords Communications Committee please see: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/communications.cfm