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Media minister, BBC and ITN bosses to appear before Peers


Should regulator Ofcom be given more power to ensure that public service broadcasters and their journalists maintain due impartiality online? 

These are among likely questions tomorrow (Tuesday 14 July from 3.00 p.m.) when government minister John Whittingdale and BBC and ITN managers appear before the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee.

In an evidence session on the future of journalism to be broadcast live on Parliament TV, the committee will hear from:

At 3.00 p.m.:

  • John Whittingdale OBE, Minister of State for Media and Data, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Possible questions include:

  • Will the government commit to implementing the Competition and Marketing Authority's recommendations on online platforms and digital advertising?
  • Does the government plan to give regulator Ofcom greater powers to monitor the diversity of broadcast journalists?
  • What is the government doing to promote media literacy among older audiences?

At 4.00 p.m.:

  • Jamie Angus, Director, World Service Group, BBC
  • David Jordan, Director, Editorial Policy and Standards, BBC
  • Anna Mallett, Chief Executive Officer, ITN

Possible questions include:

  • How do you ensure that your journalists maintain impartiality on Twitter?
  • How could public policy remove systemic barriers to the recruitment and retention of people from under-represented backgrounds?
  • How do you ensure that there is diversity of thought in your newsrooms and that your news reflects the concerns of all audiences?

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