Review of Free-to-Air Listed Events

This consultation has now ended.  The last date for responses was 19 March 2010.

On 13 November 2009, an Independent Advisory Panel chaired by David Davies, Ex FA Executive Director published its report and recommendations to the Secretary of State following their review of free-to-air listed events.

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

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.


How to respond

Closing date for responses has been extended to Friday 19 March 2010

Please send your comments or if you have queries about this consultation to:

or by post, to:
David Patterson
Listed Events Consultation
5th Floor
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street


Related information

  1. The impact of listed events on the viewing and funding of sport - report prepared by Frontier Economics for the Chair and review panel 
  2. The impact of broadcasting on sports in the UK - independent economic study commissioned by British Sky Broadcasting Limited
  3. Free-to-air events - TNS-BMRB summary report on qualitative phase of work undertaken for DCMS

Press notice - David Davies publishes his review of free-to-air listed events

Freedom of information
Please note all responses will be published, unless you ask us not do so. However, please note that all information in responses, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If any correspondent requests confidentiality this cannot be guaranteed, and will only be possible if considered appropriate under the legislation.

Handling Confidential Information
The Department (DCMS) has taken steps to address issues around confidential material provided in response to our consultation.  As such, we will endeavour to protect any material clearly marked as ‘confidential’ provided that it also falls within the parameters of confidential material and/or commercially sensitive information as defined under the Freedom of Information Act.

When identifying material as confidential, please mark the relevant document as containing confidential material and please clearly indicate the information that you consider confidential.  The Department may wish to discuss this further with you before accepting that the material is confidential.

If required, the Department can set up a secure e-mail address for you to send your confidential material.  These arrangements will include the use of encryption systems and limiting data access to named officers only. 

If consultees do not wish to provide this material to us electronically, we are prepared to take data on disk and will make arrangements with consultees regarding the return or subsequent destruction of this once the information has been captured by the Department.

Within the parameters set out above, it is of course a matter for consultees as to what material is provided, however, the Secretary of State can only rely on an analysis of the information provided to him when making his final decision.

For enquiries about the consultation (handling) process only please contact DCMS Public Engagement and Recognition Unit (PERU) at the above address or email, heading your communication “Consultation on Review of Free-to-Air Listed Events”.


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