Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  1. U.K. Digital Content Piracy Rises Slightly

    May 29, 2013 9:31 AM EDT About 30 percent of U.K. Internet users who accessed digital content illegally streamed or downloaded films, TV shows or music at least once in the most recent quarter, for which data is available, according to British media regulator Ofcom. The ...

  2. U.K. Arts Council Announces First Phase Of Budget Cuts

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. arts funding body Arts Council England has revealed how its plans to implement the 29.6% cuts to its budget, announced earlier this month as part of the Government's Spending Review. As previously reported, Arts Council England's go ...

  3. U.K. Musicians' Union Condemns Arts Cuts

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Musicians' Union (MU) has condemned the government's cuts to arts funding body the Arts Council as "devastating to music and culture." Arts Council England's government grant of £449 million ($706 million) will be cut ...

  4. U.K. Watchdog Recommends Liberalizing Media Ownership

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britain's communications regulator recommended relaxing rules on ownership of local media to help commercial providers of regional news struggling to survive a slump in advertising. If approved by the government, the new rules recommended by ...

  5. U.K. Govt Rejects MPs' Verdict On Small Venues

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade organization for the British music industry, has reacted with dismay after the government refused to act on recommendations for the live sector by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee. In their review of the 2003 L ...

  6. No 'Three-Strikes' In Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has proposed obliging Internet Service Providers to implement technical measures as a way of reducing illegal P2P file-sharing - but only as a last resort if notification letters to copyright infringers fail to achieve results. ...

  7. Tourism Boost For U.K. Festivals

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will be part of a £1.8 million ($2.65 million) marketing initiative organized by tourism promotion agency VisitBritain. The European Value Campaign, aimed at the 25-35 age group, will roll out across ...

  8. Industry Tight-Lipped on 'Digital Britain Report'

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Trade bodies remain unaffected by an article in the Financial Times that reveals insider details about the proposed "Digital Britain Report" from the U.K.'s new communications minister, Lord Carter. A spokesperson from the Departmen ...

  9. Grainge Appointed To U.K. Govt Creative Industries Panel

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been appointed to the panel of business leaders at the U.K. government's Creativity & Business International Network in Oct. 2009. The international creative business ...

  10. DCMS Pushes Ahead With Creative Confab Plans

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Department for Culture, Media and Sport will see through its vision to establish a "world-class" annual conference for the creative industries, with an inaugural World Creative Business Conference in 2009. The DCMS has enl ...

  11. Burnham Becomes U.K. Culture Secretary

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Andy Burnham is Britain's new culture secretary. Burnham, chief secretary to the Treasury, becomes secretary of state for culture, media and sport after a reshuffle which sees incumbent James Purnell take up the role as pensions secretary. Pu ...

  12. U.K. Secondary Venues Pulling Live Music; Gov't Pledges Cash

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST A considerable number of Britain's grass-roots venues are turning away from staging live performances, a new government-commissioned report has found. The "Survey of live music in England in Wales in 2007," published today by the De ...

  13. Hodge Takes Music Brief In U.K. Gov't Reshuffle

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Margaret Hodge is the new U.K. government minister responsible for the country's music sector. As minister for creative industries, she replaces Shaun Woodward, who held the post last year, and James Purnell, who served in the same role in 20 ...

  14. U.K. Biz Shows Support For Gov't Leadership Project

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT $22M in funding for 2-year initiative. Pop stars, artist managers, members of parliament and executives from the upper echelon of the U.K. music industry gathered at the headquarters of EMI Group last night (June 19) for the launch of a multi-mill ...

  15. Woodward Named U.K. Creative Industries Minister

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which has primary dealings with the national music business, today (May 8) unveiled Shaun Woodward as the new minister for the creative industries and Britain's Department of Culture, Med ...

  16. U.K. Gov't To Host Live Biz Confab

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport is to hold a series of workshops with the live-entertainment industry to tackle the escalating problem of ticket fraud. The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and S ...

  17. U.K. Gov't To Host Live Biz Confab

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport is to hold a series of workshops with the live-entertainment industry to tackle the escalating problem of ticket fraud. The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and S ...

  18. Brit Gov't Reshuffles DCMS

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A British post-election ministerial reshuffle was unveiled May 11 at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which has primary dealings with the national music business. LONDON -- A British post-election ministerial reshuffle was unveiled May ...

  19. Brit Gov't Reshuffles DCMS

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A British post-election ministerial reshuffle has been unveiled today (May 11) at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which has primary dealings with the national music business. A British post-election ministerial reshuffle has been unvei ...

  20. Report: U.K. Embracing Digital Technologies

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT British consumers are rapidly adopting digital services and formats, media regulator Ofcom concludes in its inaugural Communications Market study. British consumers are rapidly adopting digital services and formats, media regulator Ofcom concludes ...

  21. Report: U.K. Embracing Digital Technologies

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT British consumers are rapidly adopting digital services and formats, media regulator Ofcom concludes in its inaugural Communications Market study. British consumers are rapidly adopting digital services and formats, media regulator Ofcom concludes ...

  22. British Gov't Launches New IP Initiative

    March 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British government is creating a forum to tackle intellectual-property rights issues. The initiative aims to bring about "a shared approach in the fight against piracy and a better understanding a The British government is creating a foru ...