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Media Bill - Report and Third Reading: Amendment 1 (23 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I have put my name to Amendments 1 and 2 because it is essential that, in the first clause of this Bill, Parliament gives directed guidance to Ofcom on the content that it would hope to see created by our great broadcasters. In Committee, the Minister said that the original list of genres and the Reithian mission statement gave “little guidance” to Ofcom on how to focus its...

Media Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 77 (22 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: The Minister has not responded to my concern that there could be a stitch-up between the device manufacturers and the radio providers. Therefore, we should talk about whether there should be a “must offer” component in the Bill to ensure that the designated radio services actually offer their services. It is not just the device manufacturers that may need to be pushed, but, in a very...

Media Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 77 (22 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, radio is the background to my life; I have it playing at home, in the car and even when I am walking about, whether it is the BBC, Global’s LBC or Bauer’s Greatest Hits stations. I cannot be alone in enjoying this wonderful medium, so I am glad that today it is getting the attention it deserves. The way we listen is changing, and Clause 48 recognises this with the acceptance...

Media Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 71 (22 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendment 72, to which I have put my name, and also to support Amendments 71, 73 and 74 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Storey. These amendments will do much to support local radio. The noble Lord, Lord Storey, has already explained to us the regionalisation of local radio and the destruction it has caused. This has not been helped by cuts at the BBC, which...

Media Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 16 (20 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare my interests in the register. I am also an officer of the Channel 4 APPG. I am pleased to have put down my name to Amendments 16 and 17 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Fraser of Craigmaddie. I very much support the principal aim of these amendments, which is to push content commissioning towards the regions and nations. I will also focus my comments on the publicly...

Media Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 14 ( 8 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I thank the Minister for his reply. I think we all agree that we want to try to encourage the diversity of Channel 4, which has been so successful in creating a vibrant independent sector. But the truth is that the small indies that I have spoken to are having a really hard time. I am grateful to the noble Lords, Lord Bassam and Lord McNally, for talking about the diversity of the production...

Media Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 14 ( 8 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a freelance television producer who works for small independent production companies making content for public service broadcasters. I am also an officer of the Channel 4 APPG, so I speak as a critical friend to the channel. I thank the noble Lord, Lord McNally, for putting his name to this amendment. I also thank the many small independent companies to whom...

Media Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 ( 8 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I am very grateful to noble Lords for their support on this amendment. I think it proved that I was right to degroup it so that we could have a specific discussion about the need for genres. The Minister said that it is going to be fine because we have Ofcom, which will oversee the remit and make sure that the PSBs give us good, broad content. However, as the noble Lord, Lord Foster, and the...

Media Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 ( 8 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a freelance TV producer who has worked for all four public service broadcasters. I thank the Voice of the Listener & Viewer and the Media Reform Coalition for their support in putting this speech together, and the commercial public service broadcasters for their information. I am also grateful to noble Lords who have attached their names to this amendment. I welcome a...

Deepfakes: General Election - Question ( 8 May 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, noble Lords will be aware of the threat of AI-generated deepfake election messages flooding the internet during an election campaign. At the moment, only registered users have to put a digital imprint giving the provenance of the content on unpaid election material. Does the Minister think that a requirement to put a digital imprint on all unpaid election material should be...

BBC World Service: Finances - Question (24 Apr 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former BBC producer. The Government’s grant in aid to the BBC World Service will now not be decided until some unspecified time after the election. The present grant runs out in March next year. Does the Minister realise the havoc this uncertainty is playing with the BBC’s planning for the future of its world and language services?

News Broadcasting: Regulation - Question for Short Debate (14 Mar 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare my interests as laid out in the register. I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord McNally, for tabling this important debate. I am aware of how careful Ofcom has been in the past about enforcing impartiality in broadcast media. The gold standard is its 2009 ruling against George Galloway’s presentation of two weekly programmes on the Iranian-based Press TV. Ofcom ruled that...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (11 Mar 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I have added my name to the Minister’s Amendment 1 with great pleasure, because the Government agree that the power in Clause 6 is one the Secretary of State does not need. I have also added my name to Amendment 56 as it aims to curtail an even greater Secretary of State power. In Committee, I tabled a series of amendments to limit the Secretary of State’s powers over various stages of...

TV Licence Non-payment: Women - Question ( 5 Mar 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former BBC TV producer. The BBC has previously said that decriminalising licence fee evasion and switching to a civil system would cost it more than £1 billion over five years. Does the Minister agree that this would lead to huge cuts in programming and a big hit to an already struggling creative economy?

Media Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (28 Feb 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a television producer who has worked for all the public service broadcasters. Like many others, I welcome this long-awaited Bill. The television and film industry has been one of the great successes of our economy. Our public service broadcasters, together with the BBC, are national treasures and admired across the world. What I treasure most is their...

BBC: Royal Charter - Question (15 Jan 2024)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former news editor of “Newsnight” and a freelance TV producer. In the last year, commissions for factual programmes on all channels have been massively reduced. Over 70% of freelance documentary television producers are said to be without work. Does the Minister agree that Ofcom should investigate how the massive reduction in BBC budgets over the last...

Loot Boxes in Video Games - Question (13 Dec 2023)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, players who buy loot boxes, including young people, are often victims of well-known psychological techniques to nudge them towards purchasing ever-greater features in the loot boxes. These include special, time-limited offers, price anchoring and the obfuscation of costs. Is the Minister satisfied that self-regulation will stop these behaviours in the loot box market?

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Dec 2023)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a television producer. I too welcome this Bill, which has been a long time coming. Five and a half years ago, I had the honour to be a member of the Communications and Digital Committee inquiry into digital advertising in the UK. We heard how the two big tech companies, Facebook and Google, used the combination of their massive databases and near-total...

Artificial Intelligence: Regulation - Question ( 4 Dec 2023)

Viscount Colville of Culross: When I asked the Minister in October why deepfakes could not be banned, he replied that he could not see a pathway to do so, as they were developed anywhere in the world. In the Online Safety Act, tech companies all over the world are now required not to disseminate harms to children. Why can the harms of deepfakes not be similarly proscribed?

King’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (14 Nov 2023)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I was encouraged by the Government’s White Paper on AI published earlier this year, with its stated intention of extending AI regulation throughout the economy. The gracious Speech mentioned the UK leading international discussion on developing AI safely, and of course much has been made of the Bletchley AI summit. While that was happening, I joined a lower-profile but equally...


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