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Cerys Matthews to give evidence to Lords about BBC


On Tuesday 21 July, the House of Lords' Communications Committee will question Cerys Matthews, singer/songwriter, presenter and author, who hosts a weekly music show on BBC Radio 6 Music, as well as making documentaries for television and radio.

At 3.45pm, Ms Matthews will appear in front of the Committee alongside Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England.

The Committee is expected to explore with the witnesses issues including the role the BBC plays in the arts and culture of the UK; the role the BBC should play in education and training; the effectiveness of the BBC's public purposes in delivering public benefit for culture; and the effect any financial cuts would have, both on the BBC and on the cultural life of the UK.

Following on, at 4.45pm, the Committee will question Dr Roberto Suarez Candel from the European Broadcasting Union.

Dr Candel is Head of the Media Intelligence Service at The European Broadcasting Union, The EBU runs a worldwide satellite and cable network across entertainment, news, sports and music programming. Dr Candel is likely to face questions on a number of areas, including the BBC's standing overseas, comparisons with other public service broadcasting organisations in Europe and the changing definition from public service broadcasting to public service media.

The evidence sessions will take place from 3.45pm, on Tuesday 21 July in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

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