DCMS Consultation on “Sustainable, independent and impartial news in the Nations, locally and in the regions”

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The Digital Britain White Paper, published on 16 June 2009 made clear the Government’s commitment to audiences having choice of high quality, public service content.  It made a particular case for intervention to prevent a decline in the provision of news in the Nations, locally and in the regions.

The White Paper therefore set out proposals for introducing independently funded news consortia (IFNCs) that would provide news in the Nations, locally and in the regions (in the Channel 3 weekday schedule). Government intends to trial this proposal first on a pilot basis in Scotland, Wales and one English region, with national roll out from 2013.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposal to provide top-up funding for news consortia through a contained, contestable element to be introduced to the next licence fee settlement in 2013 and on alternative sources of funding.

The principle of using licence fee monies in this way is subject to a public debate and the CMA has responded below:

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This is a very important consultation for our sector (both radio and television).

We urge you to put in a response, if needs be just quoting your support for the CMA’s response above.

You can either respond using the online consultation form at:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/digitalbritainconsultation

or respond by email to:

cceconsultation@culture.gsi.gov.uk

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