for a diverse, democratic and accountable media

Special Communications Policy Briefing: DCMS Secretary Tessa Jowell to address the Westminster Media Forum the day after
the Queen's Speech.

The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has kindly agreed at short notice to give a briefing on the Communications Bill to the Westminster Media Forum on Thursday 14th November at 4pm. It is to be held at 1 Great George Street, Westminster.

The Secretary of State will deliver a Keynote Policy Address and participate in discussion with a panel of notable players from the broadcast sector, the legal community and the City. She has also agreed to take questions from the floor. The event will be chaired by Austin Mitchell MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Media Group. The timing of the event could hardly be more significant. The formal introduction to Parliament of the Communications Bill is expected to be announced the day before, in the Queen's Speech on 13th November. This session therefore represents a unique opportunity to hear the Government's latest thinking on key issues and to engage in discussion with the Secretary of State, senior Civil Servants, industry regulators, and others who take an active interest in the development of communications policy. Important policy announcements are expected. The timing is as follows: 4.00pm: Light Refreshments 4.30pm: Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport 4.45pm: Questions to the Secretary of State 5.00pm: Discussion Panel Attendance is strictly by invitation only, but through the generous sponsorship of Olswang complimentary places are available to all Members of both Houses of Parliament, to key officials working on the Bill and to the Press. There will be a charge of £25+VAT for all other attendees. No tickets will be issued. To reserve your place please email with the name, position, a contact telephone number and the address for invoicing for all delegates attending. This will be taken as a firm booking for which you will be invoiced. Please note that for security reasons only named delegates on our list at the door can be admitted. e-mail Peter van Gelder apaw26@dsl.pipex.com


DATELINE: 24 January, 2010