Our creative industries are a real success story. They are worth more than £36 billion a year; they generate £70,000 every minute for the UK economy; and they employ 1.5 million people in the UK. According to industry figures, the creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports. With the right support, they have the potential to bring even more benefits to our culture and economy.
We support these industries through financial incentives, promotion at home and abroad, and reducing unnecessary regulations.
We are very proud of the UK’s media industry: it is a powerful symbol of an open and free society, as well as an important part of the economy. At the same time, we want to make sure that appropriate regulations are in place so that everyone’s rights are protected, and so that we have a plurality (or mix) of owners in the media industry.
We are helping the media and creative industries, while protecting the interests of citizens, by:
- continuing to support content producers in the British creative industries, offering tax breaks for filmmakers, television producers, animators and video game producers
- promoting British creative industries domestically and internationally
- funding the British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead agency for film, to support film production, distribution, education, audience development and market research
- supporting the growth of digital radio services and infrastructure leading to a decision on a radio switchover
- setting up the Creative Industries Council , to provide regular dialogue between government and industry
- changing rules to make it easier for music, plays and other entertainment to take place
- setting policy for public broadcasting - reviewing the BBC’s Royal Charter, setting the television licence fee, and licensing the public service broadcasters
- creating a local TV framework so that local TV services can be set up across the UK
- making sure Ofcom has the funding and powers to regulate the communications and broadcasting industries, and making sure it does its job well
- making sure there is a new and effective independent system of self-regulation for the press
- making sure that there is a plurality (or mix) of media owners
- working with industry to address online copyright infringement
- working with industry, consumer groups, regulators and other interested parties to protect children online
The Digital Economy Act 2010 was introduced to provide a regulatory framework which could support emerging and future digital media services in the UK.
The Leveson Inquiry was set up in July 2011 to investigate the culture, practices and ethics of the press, following the exposure of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Lord Leveson reported in November 2012. [link to report]
In May 2011 Professor Ian Hargreaves published a ‘Digital opportunity: a review of intellectual property and growth. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO), an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, is implementing the review’s recommendations.
The Communications Act 2003 is the primary means by which the digital industries in the UK are regulated. It set up Ofcom’s full powers.
The Digital Economy Act 2010 regulates digital media in the UK and covers local television provision, video game ratings, the powers of regulator Ofcom, how internet domain names are registered in the UK, and measures to protect intellectual copyright from illegal file sharing.
The Live Music Act 2012 amends the 2003 Licencing Act so that licences for many types of live performances are no longer required.
The Enterprise Act 2002 gives the government the power to intervene and make decisions in cases of media mergers to protect the public interest and plurality of the media.