Commercial Radio and Television

Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons am ar 16 Tachwedd 2023.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Ceidwadwyr, Lichfield

What steps her Department is taking to support commercial radio and television in the context of the development of new transmission platforms.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

I note that my hon. Friend has in the past been a big star on the airwaves himself. Last week, the Government introduced the Media Bill into Parliament. The Bill will ensure that our world-leading TV and radio sectors are able to compete in the new digital world, so that they can continue to produce great content for the audiences of the future.

Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Ceidwadwyr, Lichfield

If I were to say, “Hey, Siri, can I have GB News radio?” or “Alexa, play GB News radio”—[Interruption.] Of course I would say GB News radio. It is the most successful news channel now, pulling in a bigger audience at most times of the day than either the BBC News channel or Sky—TalkTV cannot even be measured. Anyway, I am going off the subject.

Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Ceidwadwyr, Lichfield

My question is: what provisions are in place, if any, to ensure that if I do say those things, I get GB News radio, not another channel, and I am not charged for it?

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The measures in the Media Bill will protect the position of radio in relation to voice-activated smart speakers, ensuring that listeners can find their favourite radio stations on request. In particular, when a listener requests a specific station, they should receive that station.