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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 25th October 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2:30 pm, 25th October 2010

There is no bigger supporter of local news than me. I made it one of the most important parts of our media policy, but if we are to have a thriving local media sector, people in the sector need an assurance that the BBC will not undertake more local activity than it does; otherwise, they simply will not take the risk of setting up newspapers, radio and television stations, and so on. We have come to a very good solution in this licence fee settlement, which is that the BBC has made a commitment that it will go no more local than it does currently. It is confident that it will be able to continue with its current obligations for the period of the settlement.