All articles by David Rose

  • Ben Bradshaw

    Bradshaw sidesteps BBC expenses row


    Media secretary Ben Bradshaw had refused to intervene in the political row over BBC salaries and expenses despite MPs voicing concerns in the Commons.

  • News

    Lyons on defence after 'BBC doormat' sideswipe


    A Conservative MP has accused BBC Trust chairman Michael Lyons of being the corporation’s “doormat” during parliamentary questions.

  • Gordon Brown

    Top-slicing legislation plan revealed


    Gordon Brown has revealed government plans to formally introduce legislation that will divert TV licence fee revenue into propping up regional news coverage on ITV1.

  • Gordon Brown

    PM plans BBC top slicing bill


    DIGITAL BRITAIN: Gordon Brown is to rush a bill through parliament allowing top slicing of the BBC licence fee to become law before the general election, widely expected next May.

  • News

    MPs reject licence fee freeze


    More than 150 MPs voted to freeze the BBC licence fee at last year’s level yesterday - but the Tory motion was comfortably defeated in the House of Commons.

  • News

    Tory plot to block licence fee rise


    The Conservatives are threatening the stability of the BBC’s finances by forcing an unprecedented House of Commons vote on whether to freeze the BBC licence fee at last year’s level.

  • News

    NUJ: overhaul policing of media at protests


    Police officers should be made accountable for breaching guidelines drawn up with the BBC and other organisations for policing demonstrations like the G20, the NUJ has told Parliament.

  • News

    MPs criticise BBC over horse racing cutbacks


    The BBC is facing mounting criticism from MPs over a decision to reduce its horse racing coverage.

  • News

    BBC may share resources with local news services


    The BBC is expected to unveil proposals for a deal with local news services that would see it share resources with newspapers, TV and radio stations for the first time.

  • News

    Peers call for contestable PSB funding


    The BBC could face a loss of licence fee revenue to other broadcasters if the government heeds a plea from the House of Lords communications committee to use it to solve the PSB funding crisis.

  • News

    Rein in BBCW, say MPs


    The Commons media select committee has called for BBC Worldwide's commercial activities to be reined in and its first look option on BBC shows to be ditched.

  • News

    Select committee slams BBCW/C4 plan


    The Commons media select committee has delivered an embarrassing snub to media secretary Andy Burnham, rejecting his favoured PSB funding solution of a tie-up between Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide and calling for the licence fee to be top-sliced.

  • News

    Tessa Ross: Film 4 under threat


    Parliament was alerted today that Slumdog Millionaire backer Film 4 is under threat because of the financial problems confronting Channel 4.

  • News

    Cameron calls for licence fee freeze


    Tory leader David Cameron has heaped pressure on chancellor Alistair Darling to freeze the cost of the BBC licence fee for a year.

  • News

    Burnham urges channels to up audio description


    Media secretary Andy Burnham has appealed to broadcasters to follow Sky's lead in increasing the amount of audio description services they offer for their programmes.

  • News

    Carter invites views on the future of Scottish TV


    Scottish broadcasters have been invited to air their views on the future of broadcasting at a summit next month.

  • News

    Lord Carter: C4-Five merger still viable


    The government is to issue an open invitation to broadcasters and other interested parties to come forward with proposals for solving Channel 4's funding crisis.

  • News

    Grade: This is the worst recession I've seen


    ITV executive chairman Michael Grade has described the current advertising downturn as the worst he has ever experienced.

  • News

    Five facing 10% ad slump


    Five is facing a 10% drop in advertising revenue this year, chief executive Dawn Airey has told the House of Lords.

  • News

    MPs: Where are the PSB decisions?


    Digital Britain: Media secretary Andy Burnham has come under fire in House of Commons for delaying decisions on the future of public service broadcasting while the recession forces broadcasters to consider further cut-backs in programming and staff.