Labour appoint ex-BBC suit to fight for licence fee

Hours after the installation of John Whittingdale, a licence fee sceptic, as secretary for culture, media and sport. Labour announced Chris Bryant as his shadow.

He is a former head of the BBC’s European Affairs unit.

Not the most objective defender of the status quo. And limited experience on the culture front.


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  • Er, well, he was on the Culture Select Committee 2001-05, and shadow culture minister up the the General Election. And as anyone who has spoken to him and heard him speak will know, he knows his arts from his elbow.

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