Lord Carter’s Digital Britain plan washed up

April 9, 2010

Website: Rapid TV News

The UKs ‘Digital Britain’ plan, the expensive brainchild of Lord Carter, an erstwhile unelected member of Gordon Brown’s back office strategy team and Communications Minister, has died in the ‘end of term’ rush to wrap up parliamentary business.

Out has gone Carter’s highlight idea, the £6 a line tax to fund broadband expansion.

The plan also envisioned a closer co-operation between BBC Worldwide and Channel 4.

Out has gone more power for Ofcom.

Out has gone a scheme to replace regional ITV newscasts with independent news productions.

Still left in the Bill is a clause outlawing online piracy.

Carter left government last summer.


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