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New Ofcom CEO to face DCMS Committee

Melanie Dawes will be questioned on the role of public service broadcasting

Melanie Dawes, the new CEO of Ofcom, will appear before parliament’s DCMS Committee for the first time on 23rd June.

Her appearance comes as the communications watchdog’s remit is set to expand, following the government’s announcement that it was “minded” to make Ofcom the online harms regulator.

Among topics the Committee will discuss is public service broadcasting. Dawes will be questioned about Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate programme and its impact on changes to the public service broadcasting system in the UK.

How PSBs have been fulfilling their programming commitments during the Covid-19 period and the longer-term impacts of coronavirus pandemic will also be examined. There will also be wider questions on Ofcom’s view on the role of PSBs as part of the Committee’s inquiry into The future of Public Service Broadcasting.

Dawes is due to appear before the Committee remotely at 9.30am.