Tag Archives: Oliver Dowden

DCMS pushes for Ofcom to become the regulator of ‘online environments’

The UK government has published its initial white paper on its proposed ‘Online Harms Bill’, putting forward new regulations that will make tech companies responsible for their online environments.  Presenting the white paper to Commons yesterday, UK Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden (DCMS) stated that “trust in tech is falling… that’s bad for the public, and it’s bad for the tech …

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DCMS launches review of Gambling Act to find its new generational purpose

DCMS launches review of Gambling Act to find its new generational purpose

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has confirmed that the review of the 2005 Gambling Act will be launched today. The review is expected to result in the biggest reform of UK gambling laws since the Blair government. Taking control of the review, DCMS has prioritised consumer safeguards, advertising standards, online protections and the …

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Betting shops to reopen in tier 3 as casinos’ future remains uncertain

Betting shops have been given the green light to reopen their doors in tier three areas in England once the current national lockdown restrictions are eased. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the move as he set out details of how England will come out of the national lockdown from 3 December. The announcement has been welcomed by the Betting and …

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DCMS secures £300m fund for sports winter survival

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has pledged £300 million to safeguard professional sports’ immediate future, as confirmed in its ‘Sport Winter Survival Package’.  Emergency funds will be made available to sports governing bodies to distribute to clubs and organisations that have been affected by the ongoing COVID pandemic. Sports England will oversee the allocation of funds, …

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Betting awaits critical verdict on Northern restrictions

Betting faces yet another major blow this week after growing media speculation has suggested that betting shops and casinos will be forced to close their doors across the north of England. UK businesses await another tense week of Downing Street verdicts, with regards as to how the government will handle further covid restrictions seeking to avoid a further national lockdown.   …

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DCMS shuns Rick Parry’s support of radical reforms to ‘football’s pyramid’

DCMS has criticised English Football League Chairman Rick Parry for his open support of radical changes to English football’s competition and reward structures revealed in this Sunday’s publication of ‘Project Big Picture’. Publishing its ‘worldwide exclusive’, The Daily Telegraph reported that the US owners of Manchester United and Liverpool FC had drafted radical proposals pursuing ‘English football’s biggest shake-up in a …

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Government denies casinos a July reopening

Casino venues remain in the lurch with regards to their future schedules, as the government denies them a July reopening. Yesterday afternoon, DCMS Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the government’s latest easing orders for leisure and hospitality businesses – a ‘significant lifting of lockdown restrictions for arts, entertainment and sport’. From this Saturday (11 July), England’s outdoor pools, sports pitches …

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Government allows competitive sports to restart under strict commands

The UK government will allow domestic competitive sports to recommence from 1 June, as governing bodies are ordered to obey strict ‘stage three guidance’ ensuring athlete safety and venue hygiene requirements. This weekend, DCMS published its updated ‘Elite Sports’ guidance, outlining its proposed framework for the return of domestic sports competitions. The framework of safety requirements and protection measures has …

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Oliver Dowden calls on ‘best and brightest’ to help restart UK sports

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has outlined plans to resume live sport behind closed doors across the UK with the formation of a new taskforce. During last night’s Downing Street briefing, the Culture Secretary revealed that representatives from the arts, cultural and sporting world would be coming together to help get the UK’s recreation and leisure sectors up and running again …

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PM casts doubt over imminent resumption for professional sport

An imminent return of professional sport remains unclear as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his staged plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Addressing the four nations of the UK last night, Johnson revealed a three-part strategy to kickstart the economy and reopen society. However, no mention to professional sports was made, casting uncertainty over when the sporting calendar will …

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