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Convergence Think Tank

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members of the Convergence Think Tank are; what its terms of reference are; and on what dates it has met since its establishment. (206037)

The term Convergence Think Tank (CTT) denotes the project rather than a group of individuals. Its objectives are to:

consider the opportunities and challenges facing a converged broadcasting, telecommunications and new media market;

highlight areas where the Government can do more to promote the development of the market and innovation and growth, as well as empowering and protecting consumers;

consider the future form and provision of public service content, building on the outputs from the Ofcom review of public service broadcasting which is currently under way;

actively engage in debate with key stakeholders; and

draw conclusions with a view to informing Government decisions on future policy development, including the case for any future legislative changes.

The work of the CTT is guided by a steering group of senior representatives from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and HM Treasury, and the four independent CTT advisors, Robin Foster, Chris Earnshaw, Tess Read and John Willis; Ofcom representatives attend as independent observers. The Steering group has met on 28 January, 18 February, 6 March, 25 March and 28 April this year. In addition, the first three in a series of CTT seminars were held on 7 February, 18 March and 22 April.