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The DCMS has a role in a range of broadcasting issues:
  • setting the framework for public service broadcasting
  • ensuring that the regulatory framework for broadcasting fosters fair and effective competition; promotes high quality broadcasting from a diverse range of sources; provides a high level of consumer protection; and safeguards freedom of expression
  • setting the BBC licence fee
  • working with industry and consumer groups to achieve analogue to digital TV switchover.
The Department works closely with the broadcasting industry and consumer groups to help ensure  these aims are met.


Today the Secretary of States launches "What you said about the BBC". A paper which summarises the main points put to DCMS during the BBC Charter review consultation and in the accompanying programme of survey research. [20 July 2004]

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has given the BBC just under four months to redefine the remit for its online services, following the publication today of the findings of a major independent review. [5 July 2004]

The Community Radio Order and accompanying Explanatory Memorandum introducing community radio has been laid in Parliament on 15 June.  Press Notice:  Another Big Step for Community Radio. [15 June 2004]

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has appointed an independent panel of experts to help with the review of the BBC's Royal Charter. [15 June 2004]


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facts and figures
Over 53% of UK households already have access to digital television.(Source:Ofcom end of March 2004)

The television licence fee is  121 for a colour licence and 40.50 for black and white.
Television licence fee revenue in 2002-03 was 2,227 million.
The BBC also received 365 million from the  Department for Work & Pensions for free television licences issued to people aged 75 or over.
As of 12 June 2004,  there are over 600 licences for commercial television services in the UK.
As of 12 June 2004, there are 3 national radio licences,
276 local radio licences, 1 national digital multiplex licence, 44 local digital multiplex licences, over
4,600 short-term restricted service licences, 120 Radio Licensable Content Service Licences, 122 long term restricted service licences, 1 analogue additional service licence, 68 Local and 11 National Digital Service Programme Licences, and 19 Digital Additional Service Licences.