Government’s warm words to the creative industries must be backed up by proper support

7 November 2023

Responding to the King’s Speech head of Bectu Philippa Childs said:

“After repeated delays we welcome the inclusion of the Media Bill in the King’s Speech. The bill considers critical questions about the future of British broadcasting, and will be vital to ensuring the UK’s public service broadcasters can compete in a changing media landscape.

“Our PSBs are the envy of the world and the cornerstone of our creative economy. We’re pleased to see the government acknowledge PSBs’ important role in developing skills and driving growth in the creative industries across the UK, and we welcome the government’s commitment to bring forward legislation via the bill to support the sector.

“We await the upcoming Autumn Statement with interest to see if it will now put its money where its mouth is and support the sector and its workers. The Government has long been vocal about how central the creative industries are to a strong UK economy. The proof will be in the pudding of whether it intends to stand by these warm words.”