Search for John Whittingdale and
    1. February 2, 2016

      Digital democracy divides Westminster

      When Barbara Gordon heard the government was consulting on the future of the BBC, she fired up her email and sent off...

    2. January 28, 2016

      Five programmes to secure future of Channel 4

      It has been the commercial counterweight to ITV, the editorial competitor to the BBC and the launch pad for...

    1. January 7, 2016

      Child obsesity prompts Hunt to seek curbs on TV junk food adverts

      Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is pushing for restrictions on the advertising of junk food to children, to the...

    2. December 30, 2015

      UK national archives: release of thousands of papers delayed

      The annual release of government papers is considerably lighter than usual after the Cabinet Office delayed the release...

    3. November 5, 2015

      Margaret Thatcher dress row brings out the Norman Bates in Tories

      There is something rather unsettling about the sight of male Conservative ministers talking of their desire to see...

    4. October 27, 2015

      Minister opens way to further BBC funding cuts

      The BBC could face further funding cuts after the culture secretary John Whittingdale said a deal between the...

    5. October 8, 2015

      BBC defends its light entertainment role

      The BBC has defended its most popular entertainment shows, saying its content should be “clearly distinguishable from...

    6. September 18, 2015

      Drive to end mobile ‘not spots’ falls short of expectations

      Last summer David Cameron complained of struggling to get hold of world leaders when on holiday in Cornwall because the...

    7. September 10, 2015

      Former Channel 5 boss Dawn Airey departs from Yahoo

      Dawn Airey has left Yahoo after two years leading the company’s European operations to “pursue external opportunities”....

    8. September 1, 2015

      Picture palaces fall prey to developers

      When it was built in 1926, the Kensington Cinema (now the Odeon) was the biggest film theatre in England. It was...

    9. August 16, 2015

      Gove calls for BBC licence fee reform

      The UK justice secretary has urged colleagues to consider decriminalising non-payment of the BBC licence fee, citing...

    10. July 22, 2015

      ‘No evidence licence fee payer wants smaller BBC’ says trust head

      The BBC Trust has hit back at suggestions that the broadcaster’s remit should be curbed, saying it should keep...

    11. July 16, 2015

      The BBC is in need of reform, not evisceration

      It is not uncommon for British governments to have tense relations with the BBC. Few have embarked on a term of office...

    12. July 16, 2015

      Battle for BBC steps up a gear

      The creative head of the UK’s biggest TV production company has warned the government against a “dinner party” approach...

    13. July 16, 2015

      Fears over BBC green paper soothed by ‘generic’ tone

      A potentially inflammatory green paper on the future of the BBC is in fact “extremely generic” and “doesn’t take a...

    14. July 12, 2015

      BBC faces second bruising funding battle with government

      The BBC is facing the second part of a bruising funding battle with government this week, as ministers prepare a...

    15. June 21, 2015

      BBC chief says licence fee has at least ‘10 years of life left’

      Britain’s television licence fee has at least “ten years of life left in it”, Tony Hall, the director-general of the...

    16. June 5, 2015

      BBC slims down with £87m property sale at former TV headquarters

      The BBC has sold £87m of property at its former television headquarters in an effort to demonstrate its financial...

    17. June 4, 2015

      England ready to stand in as 2022 World Cup hosts

      England is ready to host the 2022 World Cup if asked to do so in the wake of the bribery and corruption allegations...

    18. May 13, 2015

      The Conservatives’ battle over immigration, tourists and students

      “UK Border” is the sign that greets passengers arriving at Heathrow. The airport is not on the border. It is in a west...

    19. May 11, 2015

      David Cameron reshuffles with manifesto in hand

      Sajid Javid has been appointed business secretary and Amber Rudd becomes energy secretary as David Cameron reshuffles...

    20. May 11, 2015

      John Whittingdale appointed as culture secretary

      David Cameron has appointed John Whittingdale as culture secretary — bringing an influential eurosceptic into the...

    21. May 11, 2015

      Profiles: David Cameron’s ministerial line-up

      After announcing the most important members of his first all-Tory cabinet on Friday and over the weekend, David Cameron...

    22. September 8, 2013

      Abolition of BBC Trust backed by head of parliamentary committee

      The head of a parliamentary committee which scrutinises the media has said he would support abolishing the BBC Trust,...

    23. July 20, 2013

      Murdoch denies that he knew of police payments

      Rupert Murdoch has denied suggestions that he knew of payments made by journalists to the police, as the 82 year-old...

    24. May 27, 2013

      Proposed UK extremist broadcast and web ban hits resistance

      Senior politicians and media figures on Monday described Theresa May’s proposals to bar radical preachers from the...

    25. Westminster Blog

      March 18, 2013

      Tory MPs voice concerns over Leveson deal

      David Cameron is currently leading a debate in the Commons over the deal struck late last night to regulate the press...

    26. December 3, 2012

      Press laws not ruled out, Tories say

      Maria Miller has warned that the Conservative party will rethink its opposition to new press laws as recommended by...

    27. November 12, 2012

      Tories back radical BBC revamp calls

      Influential Conservatives have backed calls for a radical shake-up of the BBC, endorsing a split in the...

    28. November 12, 2012

      Davie moves to restore trust in BBC

      The acting director-general of the BBC moved swiftly on Monday in an attempt to restore trust in the broadcaster’s...

    29. November 11, 2012

      Downing St calls for ‘grip’ at BBC

      Downing Street told the BBC to “show grip” on Sunday after George Entwistle’s resignation but was careful not to say...

    30. June 15, 2012

      BSkyB pays high price for BT challenge

      At BSkyB headquarters in west London, a call was received last Friday that horrified senior executives – the Premier...

    31. May 14, 2012

      Hinton hits out at MPs over hacking report

      Les Hinton, who ran News International for 12 years until 2007, has hit back at a House of Commons report that accused...

    32. Westminster Blog

      April 30, 2012

      Culture committee riven by party political divide ahead of report

      Tory and Labour members of the culture select committee are at odds over how far to criticise the Murdoch family...

    33. April 29, 2012

      MPs divided over tone of hacking report

      Tory and Labour members of the culture select committee are at odds over how far to criticise the Murdoch family just...

    34. April 13, 2012

      Cable seeks to reassure on charity tax

      Vince Cable has weighed into the row over government plans to cap tax relief on charity donations, saying he is...

    35. April 11, 2012

      MP warns of Olympic chaos at Heathrow

      Heathrow is at risk of chaos during the Olympics if the UK Border Agency does not provide sufficient staffing for the...

    36. March 14, 2012

      Murdoch challenges reading of hacking emails

      James Murdoch has challenged interpretations of an email exchange at the heart of investigations into what he and other...

    37. January 4, 2012

      Call to end ‘cosy’ police ties with media

      Senior Scotland Yard figures have become too close to some parts of the UK media and must exercise more transparency in...

    38. December 13, 2011

      Fresh evidence casts doubt on Murdoch stance

      New evidence revealed on Tuesday by MPs has thrown into serious doubt James Murdoch’s repeated insistence that he did...

    Search for John Whittingdale and