Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, met with VLV members in Parliament on 18 June 2018 for a lively discussion on the future of public service broadcasting in the UK.
The debate was wide ranging, covering the issues of concern to VLV.
Issues discussed included: BBC regulation, prominence for public service content, government proposals to address childhood obesity by new regulation on adverts, broadcasting regulation after Brexit, the regulation of news and whether listed sporting events might include cricket in future.
Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the DCMS Select Committee, spoke after the Secretary of State and highlighted his Committee’s inquiry into fake news.
He announced that an interim report on this inquiry will be published before Summer recess.
He said of the VLV event, ‘This just goes to show that the VLV is once again fulfilling its function of holding ministers and people in parliament who take an interest in these matters to account and I think you have covered a range of topics of ongoing interest particularly over the role of PSBs and the BBC but also how the constant march of technology is throwing up new regulatory challenges which we wouldn’t have thought 3 or 4 years ago would have been a problem.’