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Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: In a fast-changing and challenging broadcasting environment, the Government want to ensure that Channel 4 has a strong and secure future, and that it can continue to provide for audiences and support the creative industries across the UK. The Government are looking at a broad range of options, and we will set out our plans in that area in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: Unlike the BBC charter review, this is not a formal process and there is no end date at which the charter expires, as there is with the BBC, but we do need to make sure that we get this right. I want to see Channel 4 survive, flourish and prosper in what is an ever-changing broadcasting world, as the hon. Gentleman rightly says, and that means that we are working with Channel 4 to get the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: I know that my hon. Friend has strong views on this subject. I assure him that we are looking at all options, and we will report to the House in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: I know that the hon. Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson) is particularly interested in long-running soaps on Channel 4, given that “Hollyoaks” is set in his constituency. I want to make sure that “Hollyoaks” and other programmes set across the UK are able to prosper so that we have a plurality of broadcasting that works for everyone.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: The important point is that we make sure that Channel 4 has a long-term, sustainable future. That is why we are looking at all options so that we can ensure that a station that relies very predominantly on advertising revenue is able to continue, and to provide the excellent broadcasting for which Channel 4 is renowned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: I do not agree that this is affecting the quality of broadcasting that Channel 4 is able to produce. The fact that Channel 4 has committed, for example, to broadcasting the para-athletics, which is being held in London next summer, is a very positive move that we all welcome. I want to get this right, and I am working with Channel 4 and all stakeholders. I want to make sure that Channel 4 has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: The Government want to ensure the best deal for Britain on leaving the European Union and to provide as much certainty as we can. The creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories, contributing more than £87 billion to the economy and more than £19 billion in exports. I am confident that that will continue when we leave the European Union, and we have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: It has been pointed out by hon. Friends behind me that we have moved from brass bands to rock bands—that was a nice segue by the hon. Gentleman. The point is that the UK music industry is a global leader—it is a leader not just in 27 European Union countries, but around the world. It is British bands that are touring around the world. I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has committed that funding will be secured until 2020, which is after the UK will leave the European Union. I am working closely with the industry and across Government to make sure that we get the right deal for Britain so that we have the support needed to ensure that our creative industries flourish.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Gentleman asks a very timely question not only because fashion week is coming up, but because the Minister of State and I met the fashion industry only on Monday to discuss exactly those points. I reassure him and the fashion industry that, because the great repeal Bill will bring European rules into UK law, therefore making sure that there is no cliff edge, those rights will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: I pay tribute to the work of the Creative Industries Federation, led by John Kampfner, and the role that it has played in working with the Government to develop our plan to ensure that we get the right deal for the creative industries when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The hon. Gentleman will also know that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has been very clear that she...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: S4C (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: As the hon. Gentleman knows, we have committed to a comprehensive review of S4C this year. It will look at a range of issues, including funding arrangements, remit, accountability and governance. I look forward to his contributions to that review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: S4C (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: The Government are committed to ensuring that S4C has a strong and sustainable long-term future in broadcasting. We will ensure that the appropriate budgets are available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: S4C (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: We have ensured that S4C has appropriate funding for a very long time. It was a Conservative Government who introduced S4C in the first place. The Government gave more than £6 million this year and we will be giving more than £6 million next year. That funding is in addition to the money that comes from the licence fee. I hope that that reassures the hon. Lady that we are committed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: S4C (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: We are putting together the terms of reference for the review. I look forward to the right hon. Gentleman’s comments when the review is put forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: Today, my Department published the first annual report setting out our progress against “Sporting Future”, our sport strategy for an active nation. Since the last oral questions, my ministerial team and I have held a series of roundtable meetings with representatives from various DCMS sectors. The purpose of these meetings is to identify challenges and opportunities as the United...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: I very much got the gist of the question, Mr Speaker. I do appreciate the point. We are well aware of it, and we are working across the Government to address it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2017)

Karen Bradley: My right hon. Friend raises a very important point. We all know that the voluntary sector has the ability to bring greater social value to our public services, but we also know that it can sometimes face barriers when up against more established providers. That is why we announced a new programme of measures in this area in December and why an implementation group chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis...


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