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Jesse Norman named new chair of Culture, Media And Sport Select Committee

By | Published on Thursday 18 June 2015

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Conservative MP Jesse Norman has been named the new chairman of Parliament’s Culture, Media And Sport Select Committee, replacing John Whittingdale, who will now be on the receiving end of the committee’s questioning in his new role as the government’s Culture Secretary.

Norman is a musician himself, playing trumpet with a number of bands, and is also a director of the Hay Festival and a trustee of the Roundhouse in Camden, which was founded in its current incarnation by The Norman Trust, operated by his father Torquil Norman, in 1996.

In his submission to be considered for the role as chair of the select committee, Norman said that key areas for consideration in the culture, media and sport domain were the BBC Charter and licence fee, local media, press freedom, football from grassroots up to FIFA, broadband rollout, mobile services, tourism, the creative industries, and the social power of the arts. He also said that it was “important to look at the case for fairer local arts and broadcast media funding”. So there you go.