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UK Music “Disappointed” At Government Failure To Include Music In Media Bill

UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl has expressed the organisation’s disappointment at the failure to include commitment to music in the Government’s Media Bill. 

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23.11.2023: UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl has expressed the organisation’s disappointment at the failure to include a commitment to music in the Government’s Media Bill. 

The Bill aims to update the legislative framework for public service broadcasting, including provisions to facilitate the delivery of public service content through digital platforms.

The proposed legislation also aims to update the regulatory framework for commercial radio and protect UK radio’s availability on connected audio devices.

However, the bill removes specific mentions of music and cultural activities from the public service broadcasting remit.

The current remit, enforced by OFCOM, ensures that the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 must broadcast musical content.

These legislative protections must remain to ensure everyone has access to a variety of music.

Following the second reading of the Bill in the House of Commons on November 21, UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl gave his reaction:

“UK Music appreciates the Bill recognises broadcasters should provide a diversity of content but we are disappointed music has been omitted from the new remit. The Bill needs amending.”

UK Music outlines several asks to Government regarding public service broadcasting in the Manifesto For Music, including ensuring music remains at the heart of the public service broadcasting remit, guaranteeing that the BBC maintains a robust and sustainable funding model through the licence
fee and upholding the importance of the BBC in providing a diversity of music services in the next Charter.

The manifesto can be read here.  

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