Results 1–20 of 66 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Viscount Colville of Culross

Regulating in a Digital World (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2019)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, for his heroic chairing of this lengthy and complicated inquiry. I also thank the clerk, Theo Pembroke, and the specialist adviser, Professor Murray, for gathering a distinguished array of witnesses and shaping this report, of which I and other members of the committee are justifiably proud. I want to concentrate my comments tonight on chapter 3, on...

Creative Industries: Apprenticeship Levy - Question (4 Jun 2019)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Foster, said, 50% of the apprenticeship levy money is not actually spent, but the position cannot be clarified because there is no transparency in the way that the industry’s sectors are broken down. Can the Minister tell us how the levies are spent and break that down by employment sector?

Online Harms White Paper - Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2019)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a series producer at Raw TV making content for CNN. I support many of the suggestions in the White Paper, particularly the need to give a duty of care to tech companies to prevent the harms that appear on their platforms. The Communications Committee’s recent report on regulating the internet stated: “Given the urgency of the need to address online harms, we...

Broadcasting: Public Sector Content - Question (4 Feb 2019)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, the Sky Q box prioritises access to its services over PSB catch-up services. Many television manufacturers have partnered with Netflix to prioritise its services on their channel controllers. Is the Minister not concerned that the PSB digital channels, paid for with public money, are losing out in the battle for channel prominence to the video-on-demand giants?

Ofcom: RT News Channel - Question (28 Jan 2019)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a series producer for the Smithsonian Channel and CNN. A week after the ruling on RT, the personal details and photographs of journalists working in Russia for the BBC were leaked online. This action was publicly condoned by President Putin’s press office and was seen as an act—indeed, part of a pattern—of intimidation. At a time when the BBC’s Russian service...

Children and Young People: Digital Technology - Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2019)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, for securing this debate. I rise to express my concern about one particular way in which the internet can adversely affect children’s health—online gaming addiction, which has already been mentioned by the noble Baroness, Lady Greenfield. Gaming on the internet is enjoyed by millions of adults and children across the world. For them,...

Internet Safety - Question (4 Dec 2018)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, the council is developing a programme of online guidance for schools. Does the Minister not think that there should be government funding for a digital literacy campaign supported by the council? That is particularly important when it comes to the ability to read the terms and conditions used on websites and tech company sites.

BBC Persian Staff - Question (12 Jun 2018)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a series producer working at CNN. Last year, the Government gave an extra £85 million to the BBC World Service, which helped set up 12 new BBC language services in areas where free speech is oppressed. That funding has a commitment for two years. What are the Government’s plans for funding these services beyond 2020?

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (14 May 2018)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a television producer who has been involved in investigative programmes for the BBC and other channels. I listened with horror to the stories of victims that my noble friend Lord Kerslake told, and I am assure that I was as appalled as the rest of the House. In previous debates, my noble friend Lady Hollins has also talked about victims’ stories, which...

Creative Industries: Skills Shortage - Question (2 May 2018)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, 47% of the workforce in the creative industries is self-employed, compared with 15% of the workforce as a whole. The creative sector deal declares that it wants to protect access to global talent. Could the Minister tell the House whether the Government plan to consult the industry on the introduction of a freelance visa to ensure that the most talented creatives can work in this...

BBC: Brexit - Question (30 Jan 2018)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, as we abandon EU institutions, does the Minister agree that we should be bolstering rather than bashing our great British institutions? One of the most internationally respected and well-known of those that need bolstering is the BBC.

Brexit: Audio-visual Services - Question (29 Jan 2018)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a series producer at ITN Productions who has just sold a series across the European Union. Are the Government planning to renegotiate the AVMS directive, which defines “European work”? If not, does the Minister recognise the damage that will be done to the UK television production sector if its productions cannot compete with a 50% European work quota?

Social Media: News - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2018)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a series producer at ITN Productions. I too thank my noble friend Lady Kidron for securing this timely debate. I am concerned by the rapid decline of quality journalism in this country and across the western world. The way social media platforms operate means that factually based journalism is under attack as never before. That is bad enough, but the way that news...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (13 Dec 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a series producer at ITN Productions. I thank the Minister for responding so positively to the concerns expressed by myself and other noble Lords from across the House in Committee who were worried about the effect that Clause 164(3)(c) would have on free speech. I am therefore grateful to him for bringing forward government Amendment 162, and I also support...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (6th Day) (22 Nov 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: If I may put the record straight, it was not a BBC lawyer who advised me.

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (6th Day) (22 Nov 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a series producer at ITN Productions. I want to talk particularly about Amendments 172A to 172C and whether Clause 165 should stand part of the Bill—all of which relate to the powers of the ICO to investigate special processing. I, too, am very concerned that Clause 164 represents a considerable and troubling extension of the power of the Information...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Second Reading (Continued) (10 Oct 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I am going to deal with my concerns about how the Bill might affect journalism and free speech. I declare my interest as a series producer at ITN Productions. In the fast-changing world of the digital revolution, it is beholden on noble Lords to be vigilant about the way in which our personal data is now so readily available to so many people to be processed in so many ways, more...

Digital Economy Bill - Commons Reason and Amendments (27 Apr 2017)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I regret that the Government decided not to accept Lords Amendment 242. The Minister in the other place said in his speech yesterday that the technology of broadcasting and internet-based on-demand viewing are completely different. I am afraid that that is not right. The two technologies are merging as television sets become multipurpose computers. We are seeing convergence between television...

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

Viscount Colville of Culross: I too rise to support these very well-crafted amendments, particularly Amendments 33J and 33L, which are crucial in ensuring that Ofcom’s “fit and proper” test is extended to not just existing licence holders but prospective ones. The amendments come as the proposed 21st Century Fox merger with BSkyB goes for the Ofcom “fit and proper” review. At the moment, I fear that the...

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...


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