Broadcasting

All Commons Briefing Papers
28 Documents
DateDescription
14.10.2016BBC Charter renewal
The current BBC Charter expires at the end of 2016. Negotiations are underway for its renewal. What is the process and what happened when it was last renewed?
09.09.2016Commons Library analysis of the Digital Economy Bill
The Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 [Bill no. 45] was published on 6 July 2016 and its First Reading in the House of Commons took place that day. Its Second Reading is scheduled for Tuesday 13 September 2016.
11.08.2016The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and background
This briefing concerns the establishment of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a statutory Inquiry which formally opened in July 2015. This Inquiry replaced the previous, non-statutory, Inquiry set up in July 2014 which saw both of its Chairs resign; on 4 August 2016, Justice Goddard resigned as the Chair of the statutory inquiry and on 11 August it was announced that Professor Alexis Jay would be the new Chair.
27.05.2016BBC governance and financial accountability
Arrangements for the governance, regulation and financial scrutiny of the BBC look set to change when a new Royal Charter is agreed. This paper examines what is currently in place and what is proposed.
12.04.2016Diversity in Broadcasting
This briefing paper explores the current on and off screen diversity in public service broadcasting, including policies in place to improve the diversity of the television workforce. It also summarises the available statistics.
12.04.2016Listed sporting events
This Commons Library briefing paper summarises the framework through which certain sporting events are "listed" to make them available to as many television viewers as possible.
04.11.2015TV licence fee non-payment: decriminalising the offence
At present, using a television receiver without a valid licence can lead to prosecution, a court appearance and a fine of up to 1,000. Should it cease to be a criminal offence? Some parliamentarians think so. The BBC thinks not. An independent report has looked into this and recommended no change.
18.09.2015Confidentiality and openness in the family courts: current rules and history of their reform
This briefing paper considers transparency in the family courts, including communication of information and media attendance, and background on recent changes in this area.
20.07.2015The UK 4G spectrum auction and mobile coverage
Ofcom auctioned radio spectrum needed for 4G mobile devices in 2013, raising 2.34 billion (less than Treasury forecasts). This briefing summarises the details of the auction, potential interference with digital television and future plans for the 700 MHz lot of spectrum.
30.03.2015Televised debates between party leaders
This note sets out the background to the current debate about televised debates between party leaders during a general election campaign. Three debates were held for the first time in the UK during the 2010 general election. The BBC, ITV News, Sky News and Channel 4 have put forward proposals to change the format of the televised leaders' debates to be held before the 2015 general election.
17.03.2015Party Political Broadcasts
This note sets out the current arrangements for party political broadcasts including their allocation, frequency, scheduling, length and content. Details are given of the BBC's final allocation criteria for party election broadcasts (PEBs) in 2015 as well as Ofcom's rules on PEBs for commercial broadcasters.
24.02.2014Local television
The UK's first local TV channel began broadcasting in November 2013, with others scheduled to launch in 2014. This note describes the background to the policy, how the channels are funded and the licence conditions imposed on them.
23.12.2013Digital radio switchover
The Government has published an Action Plan setting out its intention to see radio broadcasting switch from analogue to digital audio broadcasting ('DAB'). The target date, which the industry considers is achievable and the Government says it would support, is 2015.
23.05.2012Food Advertising on Television
This note discusses the effects of the Ofcom ban on junk food advertising aimed at children and future policy options
25.11.2011BBC local radio
The BBC is looking to make cost savings of 20% in the years to 2017. For English local radio, their main proposal is to focus spending on peak-time programmes, with increased sharing of content between stations.
17.05.2011BBC World Service
The BBC World Service has a global audience of some 180 million people and is widely considered to be an important instrument of British 'soft power'. This note provides background to ongoing parliamentary debates on recent decisions to cut the World Service's budget and, in the longer term, to fund it by the licence fee.
29.06.2010Digital Economy Act 2010
The Digital Economy Act 2010 received the Royal Assent on 8 April 2010 following accelerated debate in the House of Commons as part of the pre-election "wash-up". The present Government has confirmed that there are no plans to repeal any of the Act's provisions
25.06.2010Concessionary television licences: pensioners
Free television licences are only available to the over-75s and not younger pensioners. Full details of the concessions available are provided in the legislation that sets the level of the licence fee: The Communications (Television Licensing) Regulations SI 2004/692 (as amended).
18.05.2010Digital television switchover
07.04.2010Digital Economy Bill: amendments
This brief note provides some background to amendments that have been tabled in relation to the Digital Economy Bill, Bill 89 2009-10.
29.03.2010Digital Economy Bill [HL]
The Bill implements aspects of Government policy on digital media set out in the 'Digital Britain' White Paper published in June 2009. It requires Ofcom to report on communications infrastructure and media content and gives it additional powers in relation to electromagnetic spectrum access. It imposes obligations on internet service providers to reduce online copyright infringement and allows the Secretary of State to intervene in internet domain name registration. The Bill requires Channel Four to provide public service content on a range of media and allows variation of the public service provision in Channel 3 and 5 licences. It also modifies the licensing regime to facilitate switchover to digital radio, extends the range of video games that are subject to age-related classification and includes non-print formats in the public lending right payment scheme.
27.11.2009Digital Economy Bill
19.06.2009Television Licence checks
Television Licence checks. By Grahame Danby. SN/HA/1148.
15.10.2008Broadcasting (Television Licence Fee Abolition) Bill
16.04.2008Food Products (Marketing to Children) Bill
Food Products (Marketing to Children) Bill. (Bill 19 of 2007-08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/35.
13.12.2006Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (Bill 3 of 2006-07)
The Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (Bill 3 of 2006-07). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/64
29.11.2002Broadcasting and the Communications Bill (Bill 6 2002/03)
Broadcasting and The Communications Bill (Bill 6 of 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/69.
26.10.2000Concessionary television licences
Concessionary television licences. House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/82.
All Select Committee Reports
28 Select Committee Reports
DateDescription
19.07.2011BBC licence fee settlement and annual report.
Government response. Culture Media and Sport Select Committee; Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
18.07.2011S4C.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
21.06.2011The governance and regulation of the BBC.
Communications Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
24.05.2011Pre-appointment hearing with the government's preferred candidate for the Chairman of the S4C Authority...
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee; Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
17.05.2011Implications of cuts to the BBC World Service.
Government response. Foreign Affairs Select Committee; BBC; Foreign and Commonwealth Office report [Commons]
12.05.2011BBC licence fee settlement and annual report.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
05.04.2011Regulation of television advertising.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Lords]
04.04.2011Implications of cuts to the BBC World Service.
Foreign Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
28.03.2011BBC digital media initiative.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
17.03.2011Channel 4 annual report and accounts 2009-10.
Government response. Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
09.02.2011Regulation of television advertising.
Communications Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
07.12.2010Channel 4 annual report and accounts 2009-10.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
13.07.2010BBC Annual Report 2008-09.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee; BBC Trust report [Commons]
22.06.2010Future for local and regional media.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
06.04.2010The Work of the BBC World Service 2008-09.
Government response. Foreign Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
24.03.2010BBC Annual Report 2008-09.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
24.03.2010Scrutiny of value for money at the BBC.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
18.03.2010Digital switchover of television and radio in the United Kingdom.
Communications Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
10.03.2010Channel 4 Annual Report.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
27.01.2010The work of the BBC World Service 2008-09.
Foreign Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
26.01.2010Legislative scrutiny: Digital Economy Bill.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]
20.01.2010Television broadcasting in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
14.01.2010British film and television industries - decline or opportunity?
Communications Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
22.09.2009English language television broadcasting in Wales.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
14.07.2009English language television broadcasting in Wales.
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
27.04.2009The efficiency of radio production at the BBC.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
18.03.2009Public service broadcasting: short-term crisis, long-term future?
Communications Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
13.01.2009Pre-appointment hearing with the Chairman-elect of Ofcom, Dr Colette Bowe.
Business and Enterprise Select Committee; Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]