Channel Four Television: Public Appointments

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th December 2016.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings (a) she, (b) Ministers of her Department and (c) officials of her Department have had with each of the candidates recommended by Ofcom for appointment to the Channel 4 Board; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what vetting procedures were (a) carried out and (b) considered by her Department in relation to the candidates recommended by Ofcom for appointment to the Board of Channel 4; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)

The Secretary of State can ask a minister to meet with candidates deemed appointable at interview, before making a final decision, or indeed meet them herself.

There were no meetings or conversations between ministers and any of the candidates in relation to the Channel 4 board appointments.

DCMS received the panel's assessment of each candidate and a copy of the CV of each candidate put forward by Ofcom.

There were four vacancies and four appointments were made on merit.

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