Results 21–40 of 68 for speaker:Viscount Colville of Culross

Digital Economy Bill - Report (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I have added my name to the amendment because it is important to future-proof the prominence on the EPG of our public service broadcasters at a time, as the noble Lord, Lord Wood, said, of extraordinary change in the media. In Committee, the Minister said that anybody could find the PSB digitally connected channels if they wanted to: the channels’ very success showed that they did...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, my media interests can be found in the register. As many other noble Lords have said, it seems to me that the run-up to the next licence fee deal must be the time to take politics out of the corporation’s funding arrangements. This amendment is very welcome in creating a body that will do just that. The criticism of similar sorts of bodies is that they have been ignored by...

Channel 4 - Question (29 Mar 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest, having just made two Channel 4 programmes. I welcome the announcement that Channel 4 will not be privatised. Are the Government looking at other options, such as the sale of a minority stake in Channel 4 to a strategic partner?

Digital Economy Bill - Report (1st Day) (22 Feb 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I voice my admiration for the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and his dogged determination to get Section 73 of the copyright Act repealed, and I am grateful to the Government for including its repeal in the Bill. Their response to the technical consultation seems to mean that it will be repealed immediately, but I too would like the Minister to assure us that it will be.

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I support Amendment 226A. This is an important attempt to future-proof the prominence of PSB channels on electronic programming guides, which is essential if we are going to bring younger audiences to PSB output. As Sharon White, the chief executive of Ofcom, said: “Public service broadcasting continues to deliver TV that is enjoyed and valued by millions of viewers across the UK....

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I too add my voice to say that it is important that the BBC’s funding should be transparent and inclusive. I listened carefully to my noble friend Lord Best on his Amendment 220, which argues for Ofcom as a possible way of looking at this. However, I read Sharon White’s evidence to his committee, in which she said that she was already going to be fairly stretched with taking on...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare my interests in broadcasting as set out in the register. I support this group of amendments. I think it is about time that we seriously considered statutory underpinning to protect the independence of the BBC so that it can operate free from the influence of Ministers and other public authorities in the UK. The last two charter negotiations have both ended up being a smash and grab...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a director and producer of television programmes for public service broadcasters. I have put my name to Amendments 73 and 235 because I want the public service broadcasters in this country to benefit as soon as possible from the repeal of Section 73. I also support Amendment 73A, which seems a very sensible use of any money the PSBs might garner. The...

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, my interests in television can be found in the register. I will speak about the clauses concerning public service television. Like many other noble Lords, I have been shocked by the way the previous two BBC charters have been negotiated and finalised behind closed doors, in discussions between the BBC and Ministers. Public opinion and parliamentary debate seem to have played little...

BBC Charter - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I am grateful for being allowed to speak in the gap. I declare an interest as a freelance television producer who used to work for the BBC. I too want to raise my concerns about the talent drain at the BBC. I fear that this charter will damage the quality of many BBC programmes beyond repair. For me, the most worrying part of the charter is hidden away in Section 3 of Schedule 7 to...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (1st Day) (11 Oct 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank the Minister for bringing forward this group of amendments, which will go a very long way to protecting the important relationship between the best journalists and their sources. As a journalist, I know how increasingly difficult it is to nurture a relationship with a whistleblower or an anonymous source who is prepared to reveal confidential information in the public...

BBC: Royal Charter - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a BBC producer. In the White Paper, the Government asked the BBC to put all non-news programming out to competitive tender. At the same time, BBC programme-making has been hived off to become an independent commercial entity. Will the Minister tell the House whether the Government intend the BBC, outside news, to become a broadcast publisher on the lines of...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank noble Lords across the Committee for their support for this amendment. I am particularly grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, for pointing out the dangers to journalists that are possibly posed by this Bill and how the amendment might be able to ameliorate that situation. I am also grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Murphy, for reminding us of the recommendations of...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a producer and director at the BBC. The protection of sources of journalistic material has been talked about in the other place and in your Lordships’ House. Maintaining the trust of these sources is crucial to enabling the important role that is played by the free press in exposing wrongdoing in private and public institutions. That must be in the public...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. I congratulate the Government on bringing this Bill before the House. Like most noble Lords I recognise that the security services need up-to-date powers in their technological battle against terrorism and criminality, and I am pleased that these extraordinary powers of surveillance will now have judicial control. I am sure that the...

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a producer and director in BBC television, and I am very grateful for the kind words that have been said about the content that my colleagues produce. We do, indeed, try to inform, entertain and educate. I congratulate the Communications Committee on producing such an excellent report, which stresses the importance of the BBC as an independent, well-funded...

BBC Charter — Question for Short Debate (10 Mar 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a producer at BBC London factual. I am concerned that the charter and its funding seem to have become separated. I share the concern of the noble Baroness, Lady Bonham-Carter, about the BBC taking on the burden of the over-75s licence fee. I fear that that the funds which are supposed to replace it will not be forthcoming. On top of that, people are failing to pay the...

Trade Union Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Feb 2016)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I apologise for not being available to speak at Second Reading. I now rise in support of Amendment 20. Along with many other noble Lords, I feel that clause 2 is an attempt by the Government to increase the participation in voting for industrial action. Surely the Minister will support any way of ensuring as large a turnout as possible. I have taken part in postal votes on...

Future of the BBC — Question for Short Debate (14 Jul 2015)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I am very proud to be a producer at the BBC. I work there because I passionately believe in public service broadcasting. It makes our country a better place—better educated, better informed and with a better understanding of the great political issues that we face. Your Lordships have only to look at America, where there is a very weak public service broadcasting component in...

Economy: Creative Industries — Motion to Take Note (18 Jun 2015)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a BBC producer. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft, on her continued support for the creative industries. This debate comes at a very important time for the broadcast industry in which I work. There are great British success stories from across the independent media production sector. Not only have there been increasing numbers of commissions...


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