The full LibDem-Conservative coalition agreement

The coalition has published the full document defining their Programme for Government today. It covers policy areas not included in the initial document, but there are also many policies from the initial document not mentioned which will just be “read through”.

These are the sections which mention the media:

Section 7: Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

  1. We will maintain the independence of the BBC, and give the National Audit Office full access to the BBC’s accounts to ensure transparency.
  2. We will enable partnerships between local newspapers, radio and television stations to promote a strong and diverse local media industry.
  3. We will cut red tape to encourage the performance of more live music.
  4. We will introduce measures to ensure the rapid roll-out of superfast broadband across the country.We will ensure that BT and other infrastructure providers allow the use of their assets to deliver such broadband, and we will seek to introduce superfast broadband in remote areas at the same time as in more populated areas. If necessary, we will consider using the part of the TV licence fee that is supporting the digital switchover to fund broadband in areas that the market alone will not reach.

And the media overseas (Section 18: International Development):

  1. We will use the aid budget to support the development of local democratic institutions, civil society groups, the media and enterprise; and support efforts to tackle corruption.

Here is the full document as a PDF.

Lib Con Coalition Programme for Government

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