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BBC: Broadcasting Programmes

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 269602, tabled on 26 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the BBC on proposals to reduce the availability of BBC 3 and BBC 4 television channels for people living outside the UK.

Answered on

4 July 2019

The BBC is operationally and editorially independent from government and the government cannot intervene in the BBC’s day-to-day operations, including distribution.

We understand that, where BBC channels are made available without the BBC’s permission outside of the UK, it will take appropriate action to close these services down.