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John Whittingdale faces questions on public service broadcasting’s future

11 December 2020

On 15 December, MPs will question the Minister for Media and Data and former Secretary of State for DCMS, John Whittingdale, in the final session of the inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting (PSB).

Purpose of the session

Focusing on future funding of PSBs such as the BBC, the committee will question the Government’s consultation on decriminalisation of TV licence fee evasion as well as the future of Channel 4.

The session will also ask what regulatory changes may be needed to ensure PSBs stay relevant amidst the rise of on-demand streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Such changes could be the regulation of online advertising and the work of the newly announced Digital Markets Unit, which is likely to affect streaming services.

Dame Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive of broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, will return to the Committee facing questions on several issues raised in previous sessions of this inquiry relating to prominence of PSBs in a digital age, regional programming as well as on-screen and off-screen diversity in the TV industry.


Tuesday 15 December

At 9.30am

  • Dame Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive, Ofcom
  • Kevin Bakhurst, Executive Director of Broadcasting and Online Content, Ofcom

At 10.30am

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

Please note that the start time of the oral evidence session will now begin at 9.30am. Originally it was advertised to start at 10am.

Further information

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