Results 1–20 of 68 for speaker:Viscount Colville of Culross

Creative Industries — Debate (3 Nov 2011)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their kind words and I look forward to the establishment of the "Newsnight" party. It sounds like fun. I of course declare an interest: I work for the BBC as a producer in the science and history departments. I am very grateful for the honour bestowed on me by the noble Lords who elected me to these Benches. My father loved this place and talked frequently of...

Freedom of Information Act 2000 — Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2012)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I thank my noble friend Lord Hennessy for having secured this debate on such an important issue. I declare an interest, having been a journalist, both on newspapers and in television for most of my career. Since the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act, I have seen at first hand the beneficial effect of its principal aim, that of improving the openness of public bodies to wider...

Media: Plurality — Question (7 Mar 2012)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, surely the battle is now on for control of access to the digital media. Ofcom took three years to review pay TV, which is dominated by BSkyB. Does the Minister feel that the media regulatory framework is nimble enough to respond to a fast-changing media marketplace?

Defamation Bill — Second Reading (9 Oct 2012)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a producer/director still working at the BBC and as a vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Libel Reform Group. I very much welcome the Bill. I have read the lengthy evidence given to the Joint Committee and its incisive conclusions and pay tribute to its work. I also thank the Libel Reform Campaign for its help, and of course the noble Lord, Lord Lester of...

Defamation Bill: Report (5 Feb 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I support Amendment 7. I welcome the Government's amendment to Clause 4. However, if the change from "believed" to "decided" guarantees that the checklist does not return and that authors will not be exposed to long and expensive cases in libel courts, I as a journalist think that that must be a good thing and I support it.

Defamation Bill: Report (Continued) (5 Feb 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his forbearance in the various attempts I have made to persuade him to adopt this procedure. I raised the issue of the declaration procedure in Grand Committee. However, this amendment widens out the wording of the amendment that I proposed then. Proposed new paragraph (b) would allow either a website operator or the author of a statement to apply to query...

First World War: Centenary — Question for Short Debate (4 Mar 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a director of history programmes at the BBC. I should like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Clark, for bringing forward this timely debate. Quite rightly, the big events planned for four years from 2014 will concentrate on remembering the dreadful loss of life that took place in the First World War, but if those sacrifices are to mean anything, they have to be...

Defamation Bill — Commons Reasons (23 Apr 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I would like to express my relief that the Defamation Bill has finally been unblocked and returned to your Lordships' House. I thank the noble Lords on both Government and Opposition Front Benches for their tireless efforts to make sure that the Bill reappeared in this place. I strongly support government Amendment 2B. During my career I was a journalist, and I spent some time on small...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (2nd Day) (4 Jun 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I have listened with great respect and interest to the passion and concerns that arise from the redefinition of marriage set out in this Bill. I have spent the past few months researching a television proposal on the history of various Christian institutions, and one of the main areas of my research was the institution of marriage. As has been mentioned by many noble Lords,...

Economy: Culture and the Arts — Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I, too, would like to congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft, on securing this moment for us to celebrate culture and the arts in this country. I declare an interest as a director of the BBC in the history and science departments. I want to concentrate on a very specific area of culture, film and television, which have already been mentioned by the noble Lords, Lord Puttnam and Lord...

Cultural and Community Distribution Deregulation Bill [HL] — Second Reading (5 Jul 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I applaud the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, for introducing the Bill and for bringing this issue to the attention of the House in a number of Questions for Short Debate. It seems to me that there is a really pressing need to amend the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 to regenerate our town centres. We have all seen the headlines and know from our own experience the dire state...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration: Registered Travellers (28 Nov 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why non-European Union citizens who are resident in the United Kingdom are not allowed to register for the new registered traveller scheme; and how that compares with the conditions for registration (1) by such citizens for the old iris recognition immigration scheme and (2) by non-European Union citizens who are not resident in the United Kingdom.

Economy: Broadcast Media — Motion to Take Note (28 Nov 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a producer/director who works at the BBC in its history and science departments. I thank my former colleague, the noble Baroness, Lady Bonham-Carter, for having procured this debate, and add my congratulations on the splendid maiden speech made by the noble Lord, Lord Holmes. I look forward to hearing much more from him. I have just come back from America,...

25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web — Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I, too, would like to add my congratulations to my noble friend Lady Lane-Fox on such an inspiring introductory speech to the debate. As some noble Lords have said, the internet, which Sir Tim Berners-Lee opened up in 1988, has become the greatest source of information and freely exchanged ideas in history. However, these early ideals are under threat as Governments struggle to try...

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will provide a timetable for the switchover of digital radio.

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. I declare an interest as a producer working at the BBC. A few years ago, a clear timetable was set out for the switchover to digital television. It was very successful. Surely the same should be done for radio. It gives consumers certainty that they will need to engage with digital radio when buying new radio sets, and it gives the industry...

Standards in Public Life — Question for Short Debate (4 Feb 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Bew for putting together this report. I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. As a journalist, I want to concentrate on what the report tells us about the public trust in the media and their ability to hold those in public office to account. In Chapter 5, the noble Lord, Lord Bew, reports on the decline in public confidence in the media to...

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill — Report (25 Feb 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. I support this amendment and add my concerns to those of other noble Lords at the refusal of the Northern Ireland Executive to implement the Defamation Act 2013. I was sorry not to have been able to attend Committee but I read, with regret, the Hansard report of the Minister’s speech, in which she said she could do little beyond...

First World War — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for introducing this important debate. I, too, have been very moved by the extraordinary accounts that I have heard of the First World War. I declare an interest. I make history programmes for the BBC. In three days’ time, on 28 June, the world will remember the 100th anniversary of the shot which killed the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz...

Children: Television — Question (1 Jul 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. Investment by commercial public service broadcasters in original British children’s television has collapsed by 97% in the past decade to a mere £2 million. Is the Minister not concerned by the lack of competition in the market that this is producing and the dilatory effect that it is having on our exports?


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