Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 2nd September 2019.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for broadcasting and video on demand in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State

Within the technical notice, published on 13 September 2018 and referred to in the question, the Government committed to making provisions in domestic legislation for the continuation of Ofcom licences, so that broadcasters can continue to broadcast in the UK without having to reapply for their licence under any new framework following EU Exit. The notice also stated that Government would ensure that existing domestic legislation relating to audiovisual media services would continue to be operable.

The Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, passed on 12 February, enacted the relevant legislative changes.

In addition to this, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport continues to work closely with broadcasters and Ofcom to understand the impact of a ‘no deal’ scenario on the sector and ensure a smooth and orderly exit.

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