Maria Miller

BBC lobbying for licence fee hike

The BBC will push for an inflation-based increase in its annual licence fee, according to UK press reports. The UK public broadcaster’s licence fee is currently frozen at £145.50 (US$242.42). A weekend report in The Sunday Times suggested that following an internal review the BBC could push for a subscription-based service from 2020. The broadcaster […]

UK’s TV and creative industries worth £71.4bn

The UK’s creative industries – including television, film and movies – are now worth more than £71.4 billion (US$117.1 billion) per year to the UK economy, according to new government stats. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said that creative industries experienced growth of almost 10% during 2012 and accounted for 1,680,000 jobs in […]

BBC Trust appoints former Lloyds CEO

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has appointed Nicholas Prettejohn, the former CEO of UK bank Lloyds. Announcing the appointment, UK culture secretary Maria Miller said that Prettejohn’s “strong financial background will prove invaluable to the Trust.” Prettejohn was formerly managing director of Lloyds’ business development unit, and between 1999 and 2005 was CEO. […]