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Media Bill Tracker

Welcome to CMS’ interactive regulatory tracker. Here you will find resources, links and up-to-date information on the Media Bill and the UK’s media regulatory landscape. The Government has published its draft of the long-anticipated Media Bill. Do bookmark this page as we will be updating and sharing commentary over the coming months as the Bill progresses. Stay tuned!

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Frequently asked questions

What is the status of the draft Media Bill?

The draft Media Bill recently went through a process of pre-legislative scrutiny, where it was considered by the DCMS Select Committee. The Committee received written evidence from industry stakeholders, before calling representatives from key media companies or bodies to give oral evidence and recommendations on the draft Media Bill. Our reports of each phase of this consultation can be found here. The pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Media Bill has now concluded, and we expect the Report Stage, which gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House of Commons, to consider further amendments to the draft Media Bill, to take place over the coming weeks. Keep returning here to our Media Bill Tracker, as we will be following the Bill’s progress and regularly updating this site.


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What is an Impact Assessment?

A Regulatory Impact Assessment is a systematic process used by the Government to evaluate the potential impacts of proposed regulations before they are implemented. The purpose is to assess the costs, benefits, and potential risks associated with new regulations, thereby ensuring that the Government makes well-informed decisions that take into account the potential effects on businesses, individuals, and society as a whole. To see CMS’ analysis of the Government’s Impact Assessments of the draft Media Bill, click here

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What is a white paper?

White papers are policy documents produced by the Government that set out their proposals for future legislation, providing a basis for further consultation and discussion, before a Bill is formally presented to Parliament.

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How does a bill become law?

A bill can start in the Commons or the Lords and must be approved in the same form by both Houses before becoming an Act (law). Click here for further information.

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Who is the current culture secretary?

Lucy Frazer, who has taken charge of a newly streamlined Department of Culture, Media, and Sport.

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Has the Media Bill been published?

On 29 March 2023, the Government published its draft of the long-anticipated Media Bill. Our team will be updating this page over the coming days, bringing you insights, commentary and more - stay tuned! 

The Draft Media Bill can be found here.

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I have more questions about the Media Bill, who can I contact?

The CMS team are available to answer your questions and help you navigate through the changes to the UK’s media landscape brought about by the Media Bill. Click the Contact Us box below to reach out. 

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