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  1. U.K. Govt May Delay Digital Switchover

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s coalition government has today (July 8) signaled its support for digital radio and the DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) system. As Billboard.biz reported yesterday (July 7), culture minister Ed Vaizey is still aiming for digital sw ...

  2. U.K. Govt Set To Confirm Digital Switchover

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government is reportedly preparing to confirm plans to switch off the analog radio network. The previous Labour government had a target date of 2015, which looked increasingly hard to achieve given the slow take up of DAB (Digital Audio B ...

  3. Sales Tax Hike In U.K. Emergency Budget

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry is to be hit with an increase in V.A.T. (value added tax) from 17.5% to 20%, as the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government begins to tackle the country's budget deficit. The general increase in the ...

  4. MPs Vote For U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Commons with key clauses tackling online piracy in place and will now head to the House of Lords for final approval. However, further parliamentary scrutiny and industry cons ...

  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. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...