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Department for Culture, Media And Sport: Consultation published on free-to-air listed events

Press Release   •   Dec 08, 2009 10:54 GMT

A public consultation on free-to-air listed events is published today by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The consultation seeks views and evidence in relation to:

  • the principles of retaining a list;
  • what constitutes a major event and how this should be assessed;
  • which sporting events pass the ‘Major Event Test’;
  • the economic and wider impact of listing, and how this should be measured; and
  • which events should be listed, taking all these factors into consideration.

The Secretary of State will make his decision on the content of a list when he has taken account of all evidence provided and views expressed as part of a 12 week consultation process, starting today.

Notes to editors

1.       The consultation document, published today, can be found at: Responses must be submitted by 5 March 2010.

2.       Following a 12 week period of consultation, the Secretary of State will announce the reviewed list.

3.       David Davies’ report to Government was published on 13th November 2009 and can be found at:

4.       EU Member states are entitled to draw up a list of events which are considered to be of major importance for society to ensure, so far as possible, that they are broadcast on free-to-air television to the widest possible audience.  In the UK the listed events regime is governed by the Broadcasting Act 1996.


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