Insights Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee launches Call for Evidence on draft Media Bill


The Committee explains that the Government’s draft Media Bill, published last month, would broaden how broadcasters can meet their public service obligations and bring some platforms under stricter regulatory control.

During its pre-legislative scrutiny, the Committee will examine the policy objectives of the Bill, identify any unintended consequences of the legislation and make recommendations on how the Bill might be improved.

The Committee is inviting submissions with a particular focus on any of the following points:

Public Service Broadcasting

  • Should the Media Bill provide a clear definition of what prominence in online services looks like?
  • Are proposals allowing a Public Service Broadcaster to meet its remit by online programming as well as linear appropriate?
  • Are the proposals in the draft Bill adequate for securing the future of Channel 4 and supporting independent content producers?
  • Do the proposals for S4C meet the legislative changes required by the independent S4C review in 2018 and are these changes still relevant and appropriate today?
  • Is the draft Bill sufficiently flexible to legislate for any future extension of the Listed Events regime to include digital content?

Video-on-Demand (VOD)

  • Are the requirements for the Tier 1 standards code proportionate?
  • Are accessibility requirements for VOD set at an appropriate level?
  • Do the proposals in the draft Bill create any risks to UK’s desirability as a market for VOD content?
  • What should be the specific criteria for designating an on-demand programme service as Tier 1?


  • Is the definition of a radio selection service appropriate?
  • Is the definition of an internet radio service appropriate?
  • Are the obligations on radio selection services proportionate?
  • Does the draft Bill sufficiently protect the relevant internet radio service to be played in response to a voice command?
  • Are the provisions in the draft Bill sufficient to protect the identity and content of local radio?

General issues

  • Is Ofcom able to deliver its new and updated obligations set out in the draft Bill?
  • Is the draft Bill flexible enough to address future developments in audience habits and new technology?
  • Does the draft Bill provide sufficient protection for those without internet access or who prefer to use broadcast services?
  • Are the proposed powers to be given to the Secretary of State proportionate?
  • Does the draft Bill sufficiently address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the UK from the UK?
  • Are there any issues missing from the draft Bill within the scope of public service broadcasting, VOD or radio?
  • Do you have any recommendations for additional or amended drafting to the draft Bill?

The deadline for responding is 23.59 on Wednesday 17 May 2023. To read the Committee’s press release in full and for a link to the Call for Evidence, click here.