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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Debate on three e-petitions on the BBC
Published Friday, July 12, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0194
Debate on e-petitions 234627, 234797 and 235653 relating to the BBC.

Topic: Broadcasting

Free TV licences for the over-75s
Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04955
This Library Briefing Paper looks at free TV licences for the over-75s

Topic: Broadcasting

Free Public Transport and TV Licences for Older People
Published Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0069
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on of the case for the provision of free public transport and TV licences for older persons as a means to alleviate loneliness and isolation and the broader need to maintain well-funded public services to support care for the elderly which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 13 June 2019.
Measures to Curb Attacks on Journalists
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0050
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate in Grand Committee on what assessment Her Majesty’s Government has made of the effectiveness of national and international measures to curb attacks on journalists and the media generally.
Intellectual Property and Sport
Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0044
The House of Lords Library briefing provides information on World Intellectual Property Day, marked on 26 April each year.
Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, February 22, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0025
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 1 March 2019.
Televised debates between party leaders
Published Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05241
This note sets out the background to the current debate about televised debates between party leaders during a general election campaign. Three debates were held for the first time in the UK during the 2010 general election. The BBC, ITV News, Sky News and Channel 4 have put forward proposals to change the format of the televised leaders’ debates to be held before the 2015 general election.
TV licence fee statistics
Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8101
This briefing provides statistics on the TV licence fee and general television viewing trends. TV licence fee revenues grew from £3.5 billion in 2010/11 to over £3.8 billion in 2017/18 (in cash terms).Total BBC income in 2017/18 was £5.06 billion. TV licence fee revenues accounted for around 76% of total income.
E-petition 228572: Make TV election debates happen - establish an Independent Debates Commission
Published Friday, December 21, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0286
E-petition 228572 relating to an independent commission on televised election debates.
Media ownership: the proposed 21st Century Fox/Sky merger
Published Friday, October 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7969
This Library briefing paper looks at the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky plc.
Listed sporting events
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00802
This Library briefing paper looks at the listed events regime for sporting events of national interest.
Relocation of Channel 4
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0118
A Westminster Hall debate on the Relocation of Channel 4 is scheduled for Thursday 10 May 2018 at 3.00pm. The Member leading the debate is Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP.

Topic: Broadcasting

E-petitions 170931 and 200239 relating to the TV Licence fee
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0172
A Westminster Hall debate on E-petitions 170931 and 200239, both relating to the TV Licence fee, is scheduled for Monday 20 November 2017. The Member leading the debate is Helen Jones MP, Chair of the Petitions Committee.

Topic: Broadcasting

Transparency of the BBC
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0155
A Westminster Hall debate on the Transparency of the BBC is scheduled for Thursday 7 September 2017 at 1.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Gregory Campbell MP.

Topic: Broadcasting

Online Information and Fake News
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0559
Internet search engines and social media platforms are an increasingly popular way of accessing news and information. In 2017, the proportion of UK adults consuming news online exceeded those who watched news on TV (74% versus 69%). This note considers how people access news online, how algorithms (sequences of instructions) and social networks influence the content that users see, and options for mitigating any negative impact.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 5: Education, Health, Welfare, Pensions and Culture
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0027
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
Fake News
Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0040
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on “fake news”. The term “fake news” has become increasingly prominent in recent months. Researchers have reported a sharp growth in its use in the media since November 2016, after being largely in abeyance for many years.
Digital Economy Bill: Lords Amendments
Published Monday, April 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7953
Lords amendments to the Digital Economy Bill will be considered by the House of Commons on 26 April 2017. There are 289 amendments, and this paper outlines the key changes put forward.
Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0018
This Lords Library briefing provides a short overview of the Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill (HL Bill 99 of 2016–17), its key provisions, and a summary of its passage through the House of Commons in advance of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 24 February 2017.

Topic: Broadcasting

Commons Library Analysis of the Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill 2016-17
Published Thursday, February 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7861
This Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at the Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill 2016-17.

Topic: Broadcasting

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