Jeremy Hunt
The government has called on publishers, broadcasters and other digital industry representatives to provide evidence in a review of the regulatory framework supporting the UK communications sector.

The review, which the government claims will aim to strip away unnecessary red tape and remove barriers to growth, is the first stage in a consultation process that could ultimately inform a new communications bill.

In a release the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said the review is asking for views on how a communications regulatory framework can "best keep pace with change".

In an open letter Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) calls on the communications sector to provide information on how the industry can "stay ahead of the curve".

"We need to imagine what new technologies will emerge and how broadcasting and telecommunications might look in another 15 years. We want a communications framework that will drive growth and innovation, remove unnecessary burdens and continue to protect consumers and the public."

This will include working to create "the right environment for the content industry to thrive", the letter adds.

"People can currently access a wide range of quality content and services through a growing variety of, increasingly, digital platforms. Our aim is to drive the growth of UK content production across all platforms," Hunt says in the letter.

"We want to ensure that, as the market changes, we are best placed to lead the world in generating new and innovative content which is valued by UK citizens and accessible to all."

Questions put forward within this section of the review include whether or not the core focus of public service broadcasting should be on original UK content and to identify what barriers there are to innovations in digital media sectors, including local television.

Responses can be made until 30 June and evidence will be used to inform a green paper on the issue, with a view to producing a white paper and draft bill by April 2013.

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