Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  1. U.K. Biz Issues Blueprint For Global Success

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade group for the music industry, has published a blueprint that outlines a plan for the British industry to challenge for the position as the world's No. 1 music creator by 2020. The document, "Liberating Crea ...

  2. Protests At BBC Radio Closure Proposals

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC's proposals to close modern rock digital station 6 Music and the Asian Network has met with protests from listeners and the music industry. Artists including Mark Ronson and La Roux have spoken out in defence of 6 Music. Ronson said t ...

  3. U.K. Govt Won't Regulate Secondary Tickets

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has decided against introducing regulation for the secondary ticket market, following a consultation on ticketing and scalping. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport decided that legislation could add greater burdens for ...

  4. U.K. Govt Compromises On Small Venue Licensing

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has announced a compromise measure that will mean venues such as pubs and bars will no longer need licenses for live music, as stipulated by the 2003 Licensing Act. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe confirmed that the government ...

  5. Police Defend U.K. Live Assessment Form

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The possible threat to the U.K.'s live music business from stringent provisions within the 2003 Licensing Act was once again the focus of attention, during an emotionally charged debate in London. But the Metropolitan Police defended the cont ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. U.K. Govt Warns Biz On File-Sharing

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has begun consultation on a proposed digital rights agency to encourage legitimate online entertainment services and reduce piracy, while warning that it will consider far-reaching legislation to tackle P2P activity if the biz ...

  8. U.K. Govt Calls For Ticket Touting Clampdown

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has called on the ticketing and events industry to reduce the number of tickets that end up in the hands of touts. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe launched a consultation to find solutions on how to improve the ticketing market ...

  9. EU Committee Approves Copyright Extension

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament's legal affairs committee has approved an extension of copyright term for music recordings from 50 years to 95 years. Despite fears in the biz that the vote would be lost, the committee has today (Feb. 12) backed the E ...

  10. U.K. Govt Proposes Anti-Piracy 'Rights Agency'

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The British government has delivered a series of proposals aimed at tackling peer-to-peer file-sharing, as part of its Digital Britain interim report. Following the memorandum of understanding last summer between labels, the film industry, six ISP ...

  11. U.K. Government Aims For ‘Digital Britain’

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government is to develop a "Digital Britain" action plan in an effort to ensure the U.K. will be at the forefront of innovation and investment in the digital and communications industries. The report will be led by the first min ...

  12. U.K. Digital Radio Group Urges 'Migration'

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Digital Radio Working Group (DRWG) has called for a long-term plan to move all radio services to digital. The DRWG was established by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport last November to look into the future of digital radio. Represent ...

  13. U.K. Debate Simmers On Secondary Ticketing

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Heated debate during a conference in central London last night (March 18) illustrated that dialog on regulating the U.K. secondary-ticketing sector will continue to simmer for the forseeable future. Emotions ran high at "Ticket Touting: Going ...

  14. Brit Ticket Touting Report Due Jan. 10

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will publish its long-awaited report into the secondary ticketing market on Jan. 10, 2008. The "ticket touting" report will analyse and assess the case for government regulation of the se ...

  15. UK Conference Aims To Boost Music Education

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli, legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela, renowned British folk musician Martin Carthy, and Mercury Prize-nominated jazz/rap artist Soweto Kinch are among the industry luminaries participating in a London ...

  16. Former U.K. Gov't Minister Joins PRS Board

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Estelle Morris becomes an external director. Former British government minister Estelle Morris has joined the governing board of U.K. authors rights body the Performing Right Society. The London-based PRS announced today (Sept. 13) that Morris had ...

  17. 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 ...