John Whittingdale

Our Creative Industries Help Define Us a Nation - We Must Help Them Stay at the Top of the International League

John Whittingdale | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
John Whittingdale

While the contribution the Creative Industries make to the UK economy is tremendous, to paraphrase Jessie J, it's not (just) about the money. They play an equally, if not more, important role in helping define us and shaping our national identity. "Britishness" is an intangible thing, something that cannot be explained in figures, or measured in fiscal terms.

The BBC Helps Shape Britain But It Must Change With the Times

Sir Peter Bazalgette | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sir Peter Bazalgette

The BBC provides a remarkable social glue, reaching more than 90% of the population every week. Our identities, our entertainment, engagement and access are all things we see delivered by the BBC's orchestras, by its network of local speech stations and its public campaigns. The BBC World Service, now funded by the licence fee, is the single biggest influencer of our international reputation. But talking of the detail, there's much heat and little light around the vexed issue of BBC governance.

John Whittingdale's Conservative Conference Speech Sends Twitter Into Confused Meltdown

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

The Conservative Party Press office has been rounded upon by Twitter users after tweeting a quote from John Whittingdale's conference speech. “...

News At 10 Will Have To Change Its Name If Ministers Get Their Way

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has signalled the BBC's flagship news programme could be forced to change its broadcast time - potentially losing ...

Caroline Frost

Culture Secretary Regrets 'Atmosphere Of Attack On The BBC' | Caroline Frost | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Entertainment

There was good news and bad news for advocates of the BBC when John Whittingdale MP sat down for an interview at the Edinburgh Television Festival tod...

Sherlock Creator Has A Message For Tories Trying To Meddle With The BBC

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

One of television's best-known writers has launched a scathing attack on the Government's review of the BBC, accusing the Conservatives of orchestrati...

Why Auntie ‎Matters

Gavin Devine | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gavin Devine

‎The BBC has many fans and many adversaries. Those who'd like to see it change include other media outlets, led by Sky and the Mail, and right-wing politicians who believe that Auntie is stuffed with Guardian-reading granola eaters (although it is always worth noting that some on the left see her as fundamentally reactionary).

The BBC Is Our Cultural NHS - The Government Must Tread Warily If They Seek to Cut It Down to Size

Chris Bryant | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Bryant

The whole point of the BBC is that politicians should only meddle with it on very rare occasions. Yes, it is accountable to the public through parliament, and yes the charter renewal process gives ministers a moment of great power over the Corporation. But we should remain worried about Whittingdale's self-confessed free market conservativeness.

BBC Shakeup Just Put Radios 1 And 2 Firmly In The Firing Line

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK

Two of the BBC's most popular radio stations have already been singled out, it was revealed on Thursday, as Culture Secretary John Whittingdale fired ...

Thought BBC IPlayer Was Free? Think Again

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics

All users of BBC iPlayer's catch-up service will have to pay the £145.50 licence fee, the Government announced today. In a big blow to many househ...

The BBC And Daily Mail Just Won't Let Their Funding Feud Lie

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

The BBC press office was determined to have the final word in a bitter feud that erupted between the broadcaster and the Daily Mail yesterday. In r...

Five Tech Priorities for the New UK Government

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Although the future of the BBC is likely to be the most high profile part of John Whittingdale's portfolio; technology - as a job enabler and creator - will no doubt also be a key priority. Here's my take on the top five tech issues likely to be sitting in the ministerial red box

A Letter to John Whittingdale

James Lark | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Politics
James Lark

The future of the country's arts and culture is a matter that ought to be looked upon with huge concern not just by your department but also by the Department for Education and Home Office. I urge you to press for a radical rethink of how this government both views and funds this vital area.

Culture Secretary Appointments Make Tory And Labour Positions On Media Crystal Clear

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics

Labour and the Conservatives have firmly set out their stalls on the media, placing two MPs with very different agendas at the heart of Britain's pres...

MP's Half Brother Charged With Sex Abuse

PA | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics

The half brother of a senior Conservative MP has been charged over alleged historic sex abuse. Charles Napier, 67, from Dorset, is accused of one c...

Ned Simons

Senior MP Warns Of Inevitable Press Regulation 'Car Crash' | Ned Simons | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics

The government and newspapers are heading towards a "car crash" in their battle over the regulation of the press, the chairman of the Commons culture,...

Who Just Accused Google Of 'Un-British' Behaviour?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Tech

Google has offered only "flimsy" excuses for failing to deal with illegal downloads, an influential committee of MPs has warned. A report from the ...

Ned Simons

Culture Committee Chair Says Press Regulation Counter Offer 'Hugely Welcome' | Ned Simons | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics

John Whittingdale, the chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport committee, has said the proposals from the newspaper industry for a system of ...

Should The BBC Play 'The Witch Is Dead' If It Makes Sunday's Charts?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

The BBC is coming under increasing pressure to say whether it will play a song pushed into the charts by people celebrating the death of Margaret That...

'There Is No Such Thing As Society'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK

Perhaps more than any other post-war politician, Baroness Thatcher fiercely divided opinions, but the Iron Lady did not shy from controversial headlin...

David Cameron Pays Tribute To 'Great Briton' Margaret Thatcher

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday morning aged 87 following a stroke. The prime minister, who is cutting shor...

'Checks And Safeguards Failed At Every Level'

Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

The "monumental failures" at the BBC must prompt a complete overhaul of the corporation's management structures, the chair of an influential Westminst...

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee's Report: a Bet Worth Taking?

Leighton Vaughan Williams | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK Politics
Leighton Vaughan Williams

The cross-party Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has now published its much anticipated report examining the way in which gambling is and should be regulated in the UK, under the title, The Gambling Act 2005: A Bet Worth Taking?

Dicey? Casino Rules Should Be Relaxed, Say MPs

PA | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK

Strict rules which prevent the spread of casinos and high-stake gambling machines should be relaxed, MPs said today. Local councils should be allow...

MPs Accept Sponsor Tickets For 100m Final

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

A group of MPs has accepted free tickets to one of the most in-demand events of the Olympic Games, sponsor BT has confirmed. The telecoms giant inv...