BBC: Broadcasting Programmes

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Independent, Ilford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the BBC on proposals to reduce the availability of BBC 3 and BBC 4 television channels for people living outside the UK.

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

The BBC is operationally and editorially independent from government and the government cannot intervene in the BBC’s day-to-day operations, including distribution.

We understand that, where BBC channels are made available without the BBC’s permission outside of the UK, it will take appropriate action to close these services down.

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