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Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on wider DCMS sectors inquiry launched

7 April 2020

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry examines the impact of COVID-19 on a wide range of industries and organisations under the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's remit.

It will consider the effect of social and financial measures both in the immediate and long-term on areas including: culture and the creative industries; civil society; sport; tourism; heritage; publishing, media and journalism; and telecoms.

The DCMS Committee is calling for evidence from organisations and arms-length bodies. It will seek to question ministers about the effectiveness of Government action to date and what further support is needed. The committee expects to hold evidence sessions from late April into May.

Chair's Comments

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said:

“COVID-19 is casting a long shadow over our lives and will do so for years to come.

“We're particularly concerned that we risk seeing an irreversible impact on things that we value as part of our culture. Whether it's sport, music, theatre or your local newspaper to give a few examples.

“We're already seeing a long queue for government support across many areas. We want to make sure that our cultural organisations that give us much that we're missing in this lockdown get a fair hearing.”

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