Broadcasting: Employment

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts and Heritage)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on jobs in broadcasting where the broadcaster is licensed by Ofcom but mainly broadcasts outside the UK.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The government has engaged extensively with key broadcasting stakeholders on the impact of our exit from the EU. Over the past year, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has held a number of ministerial roundtables with broadcasters on the topic of exiting the EU and related issues. We have also liaised with financial teams from a variety of broadcasting groups regarding the implications of our exit from the EU for these companies.

We have also received COBA’s (Commercial Broadcasters Association) report on international broadcasters’ level of investment in the UK economy: http://www.coba.org.uk/coba_latest/report-up-to-1-billion-from-international-broadcasters-at-risk/

In addition, ministers and officials continue to hold meetings with individual stakeholders to understand their preferences and concerns.

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