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: http://www.dcms.gov.uk/reference_library/consultations/6496.aspx. 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: http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/6434.aspx
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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