This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on broadcasting. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

16.02.2012Food Advertising on Television
This note discusses the effects of the Ofcom ban on junk food advertising aimed at children and future policy options
25.11.2011BBC local radio
The BBC is looking to make cost savings of 20% in the years to 2017. For English local radio, their main proposal is to focus spending on peak-time programmes, with increased sharing of content between stations.
17.05.2011BBC World Service
The BBC World Service has a global audience of some 180 million people and is widely considered to be an important instrument of British 'soft power'. This note provides background to ongoing parliamentary debates on recent decisions to cut the World Service's budget and, in the longer term, to fund it by the licence fee.
23.07.2010Listed sporting events
The Broadcasting Act 1996 gives the Secretary of State the power to designate key sporting and other events as 'listed events'. The purpose of the list is to ensure that such events are made available to all television viewers, particularly those who do not have subscription television.
29.06.2010Digital Economy Act 2010
The Digital Economy Act 2010 received the Royal Assent on 8 April 2010 following accelerated debate in the House of Commons as part of the pre-election "wash-up". The present Government has confirmed that there are no plans to repeal any of the Act's provisions

Research Papers

29.03.2010Digital Economy Bill [HL]
The Bill implements aspects of Government policy on digital media set out in the 'Digital Britain' White Paper published in June 2009. It requires Ofcom to report on communications infrastructure and media content and gives it additional powers in relation to electromagnetic spectrum access. It imposes obligations on internet service providers to reduce online copyright infringement and allows the Secretary of State to intervene in internet domain name registration. The Bill requires Channel Four to provide public service content on a range of media and allows variation of the public service provision in Channel 3 and 5 licences. It also modifies the licensing regime to facilitate switchover to digital radio, extends the range of video games that are subject to age-related classification and includes non-print formats in the public lending right payment scheme.
16.04.2008Food Products (Marketing to Children) Bill
Food Products (Marketing to Children) Bill. (Bill 19 of 2007-08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/35.
13.12.2006Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (Bill 3 of 2006-07)
The Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (Bill 3 of 2006-07). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/64
29.11.2002Broadcasting and the Communications Bill (Bill 6 2002/03)
Broadcasting and The Communications Bill (Bill 6 of 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/69.
26.10.2000Concessionary television licences
Concessionary television licences. House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/82.

Select Committee Reports

19.07.2011BBC licence fee settlement and annual report.
Government response. Culture Media and Sport Select Committee; Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
21.06.2011The governance and regulation of the BBC.
Communications Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
24.05.2011Pre-appointment hearing with the government's preferred candidate for the Chairman of the S4C Authority...
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee; Welsh Select Committee report [Commons]
17.05.2011Implications of cuts to the BBC World Service.
Government response. Foreign Affairs Select Committee; BBC; Foreign and Commonwealth Office report [Commons]

POST Papers

01.12.2007Next generation telecoms networks, December 2007
01.07.2007Radio spectrum management, July 2007
01.06.2006Analogue to digital TV switchover, June 2006

Early Day Motions

That this House believes that television credits displayed at the end of programmes are crucial; further believes that they help the skilled workforce to advertise their skills to prospective ...
That this House condemns the disgraceful and disgusting remarks made by Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC; notes that his comments have been criticised by thousands of licence payers, hon. ...
That this House is concerned that TV Licensing is both intimidating and misleading in its correspondence with households which do not have atelevision licence; is further concerned ...
That this House notes that Rhythmix is the name of a small Brighton-based charity providing music-making opportunities to vulnerable youngsters; welcomes the decision by the entertainment ...
That this House is concerned at the decision by Trinity Mirror North West to close its Westminster operation and the impact this will have on daily coverage of Parliamentary and constituency ...


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - an occasional series of papers compiled by the House of Lords Library