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Teacher’s TV

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department is able to veto (a) programmes scheduled and (b) contracts entered into by Teachers’ TV. (104247)

[holding answer 27 November 2006]: Teachers' TV was successfully launched on 8 February 2005. It aims to help raise standards in classrooms by helping to share good practice, support continuing professional development, offer classroom resources, and provide education news and information.

The channel is editorially independent (as required by the Communications Act 2003) and robust protocols are in place to ensure that, while the Department is able to identify the channel's objectives and strategic direction, it is not able to influence programming decisions. An independent Board of Governors ensures that editorial independence is maintained.

The Department has a pre-agreed form of contract which it obliges the supplier to use with all TV production companies. The Department has the right to reject any contracts entered into that are not on this agreed basis. However, it does not have the right to veto specific programme commissioning contracts in order to ensure editorial independence.