Council PROs look at implications of broadcast powers

Council PROs are to be given the opportunity to take an in-depth look at UK local government bodies’ likely new broadcasting powers, at an event next month.

The seminar, hosted by Westminster Media Forum, is set to clarify legal issues surrounding these new powers, which are set to be approved as part of the Communications Bill currently progressing through Parliament.

Topics to be discussed at the seminar, on 16 July in Westminster, include qualified privilege, data protection and statutory notices. A debate about regulatory issues, such as the definition of ‘political programming’, is also on the agenda.

Department of Culture, Media and Sport head of radio and media markets Stuart Brand will be the seminar’s principal speaker.

Westminster Media Forum director Peter van Gelder said: ‘The purpose is to give local authorities a sense of what can be offered, what the possibilities are.’

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