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Oliver Dowden - Secretary of State for Culture and competing priorities and perspectives

Yesterday, The Guardian laid into the Government and its culture policy in this Editorial The Guardian view on culture policy: yet another shambles Commenting on the current state of play, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
Tags: Art, Art & Culture, Making A Mark, Oliver Dowden


UK wants pandemic levels of data sharing to be the new normal

The UK government has published a national data strategy today, setting out a plan to promote the use and prioritize the reuse of data as a lever for economic growth and digital innovation. It has also opened up a 12-week public consultation on the policy plan. The top-line message from the secretary of state for digital, Oliver Dowden, is that government wants the “high watermark” of data sharing that’s been seen in the UK during the pandemic to be the new normal for the 2020s — greasing the pi...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Privacy, Islamic State, US, Tech, Cbi, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Ireland, Commission, Home Office, Data Protection


UK Culture Secretary Says He Wants To See Performance Venues Open As Normal For Christmas

Using articles in this past weekend’s Mail on Sunday and Sunday Times, secretary Oliver Dowden announced what he’s calling “Operation Sleeping Beauty,” a plan “to bring back some of the magic of theatre for families this Christmas … We need to start filling seats in much larger numbers – not just for the audiences, not just for the venues and livelihoods who depend on them, but for the entire urban economy, too.” (The performing arts community is responding with — well, not cautious optimism, m...
Tags: Art, UK, Sunday Times, Issues, Audience, Oliver Dowden, 09.06.20


Former U.K. Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan Tipped for BBC Chair Role: Report

Former U.K. culture secretary Nicky Morgan has emerged as an early frontrunner for the position of chair of public service broadcaster BBC, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. The incumbent David Clementi’s five-year term ends in February. Variety understands that the process of appointing the next BBC chair is high on current culture […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, Nicky Morgan, David Clementi, Oliver Dowden


U.K. to Resume Socially Distanced Indoor Performances From Aug. 15

Indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be permitted from Saturday in the U.K., secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Oliver Dowden revealed in a series of tweets late on Thursday. Indoor venues were due to reopen Aug. 1, but were postponed due to a rise in coronavirus cases at the […]
Tags: News, Global, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Digital Culture Media, Oliver Dowden


Airport testing may reduce need for 14-day quarantine in England, say MPs

Ministers under pressure to rethink rules as Covid-19 cases rise in countries across EuropeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSenior MPs are putting increasing pressure on the government to reconsider its approach to the 14-day quarantine for travellers from at-risk countries, amid warnings that more European countries with Covid-19 spikes could have the restrictions reimposed.Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, said on Wednesday that ministers believed there was “no v...
Tags: Europe, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, LBC Continue, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Oliver Dowden


UK coronavirus live: concern about second wave 'very high' among NHS managers, MPs told

Chief executive of NHS Confederation tells MPs staff are ‘exhausted’; Oliver Dowden tells people to book holidays but be prepared to quarantineBelgium, Luxembourg and Croatia may join England’s quarantine listTesting for Covid-19 on arrival in UK is no ‘silver bullet’, says ministerNicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus briefing - SummaryLatest data on redundancies and furloughsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.21pm BST Here are the main points from Nicola Sturgeon’s press briefing earlier.I want t...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, NHS, Nicola Sturgeon, Heathrow, Luxembourg, Croatia, Niall Dickson, NHS Confederation, Layla Moran, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Oliver Dowden


West End, U.K. Theaters Unlikely to Open Before November

The earliest that U.K. theaters will be able to reopen is November, according to the latest guidance from the government. Speaking with BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Wednesday morning, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden poured cold water on hopes that crippling social distancing requirements that have kept theaters closed will be lifted any earlier. “The […]
Tags: Cameron Mackintosh, BBC Radio, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Oliver Dowden


UK coronavirus live: people should book holidays but 'be aware quarantine could be imposed', says minister

Arrivals in England could face new quarantine restrictions; government signs deal for ‘promising’ potential vaccinesBelgium, Luxembourg and Croatia may join England’s quarantine listTesting for Covid-19 on arrival in UK is no ‘silver bullet’, says ministerUK signs deal for 60m doses of potential vaccineStudies exploring Covid-19 links with ethnicity awarded £4mGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.25pm BST Scotland recorded eight deaths from Covid-19 last week, an increase in two from the pre...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Heathrow, Luxembourg, Croatia, Cambridge University, South East, National Records of Scotland, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Oliver Dowden, MRC Biostatistics Unit


£500m fund announced to help UK film and TV

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden says it will fill the gap left by the lack of coronavirus cover.
Tags: UK, News, Oliver Dowden


Airport coronavirus testing 'not a silver bullet' to avoid quarantines, says Oliver Dowden – video

Oliver Dowden has dismissed the idea that coronavirus testing at airports could avoid the need for travel restrictions such as the two-week quarantine placed on people returning to the UK from Spain. 'It's not the case that you can simply test somebody and be sure they don't have the disease,' the culture secretary told BBC Breakfast. 'At this stage, it's just not the case that we can simply test at the border and give people that assurance.'UK coronavirus live: people should book holidays but '...
Tags: Travel, UK, Spain, UK News, Bbc, Coronavirus outbreak, Oliver Dowden


Huawei executives accused of snubbing Commons Defence Committee over 5G

Huawei executives were last night accused of snubbing the Commons Defence Committee over 5G weeks after it received a grilling over freedom of speech. The Daily Telegraph understands that Jeremy Thompson and Victor Zhang, vice presidents of Huawei UK and Dr Yao Wenbing, vice president of business development, were all expected to give evidence before the committee, as they had done earlier this month when invited by the Science & Technology committee. During the meeting the executives refused to...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, News, China, Huawei, Daily Telegraph, Tobias Ellwood, Jeremy Thompson, Defence Select Committee, Victor Zhang, Huawei UK, Commons Defence Committee, Oliver Dowden, Yao Wenbing


English music venues to receive £2.25m in emergency pandemic aid

First cash made available from UK government’s £1.57bn emergency arts fund announced on 5 July to combat effects of Covid-19 lockdownCulture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced plans to save around 150 grassroots music venues from insolvency while cashflow is limited for venues shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.Dowden released £2.25m for the sector from the overall £1.57bn fund announced on 5 July to shore up the arts in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, UK News, Music Industry, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Jazz, Folk Music, Arts funding, Grime, Dowden, Coronavirus outbreak, Oliver Dowden


UK Arts Bailout For Arts Institutions. But What About Artists?

After months of monotone condolences and a vague “five-step roadmap” from culture secretary Oliver Dowden, the British government Beyoncéd the arts community on 5 July by announcing a surprise £1.57bn emergency support package. Dowden said he would begin by bailing out the “crown jewels of our national life – you know, the Royal Albert Halls and so on”. It should come as no surprise that this government is prioritising bedazzled institutions. The “crown jewels” of theatre, however, are not the ...
Tags: Art, UK, London, Issues, Dowden, Royal Albert Halls, Oliver Dowden, 07.22.20


VIDEO: Andrew Lloyd Webber Speaks to the Challenges of Socially-Distanced Theatre

As BroadwayWorld reported last week,Culture secretary Oliver Dowden recently announced on Twitter that UK theatres and music halls will be allowed to reopen on August 1, with socially distanced audiences. Andrew Lloyd Webber however, is questioning how the socially-distanced theatre model can be financially sound. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: UK, Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber, BroadwayWorld, Stage Tube, Oliver Dowden


UK officials reportedly told Huawei its 5G ban could be revisited if Trump loses the 2020 election

On July 14, the UK announced that from next year it will be illegal for telecoms operators to buy 5G equipment from Huawei. Operators must remove all existing Huawei 5G kit by 2027. The Observer reports that, in the days before the announcement, government officials briefed Huawei that the motivations behind the decision were partly geopolitical. The Trump administration was exerting pressure on the UK, they reportedly said. They also hinted the ban could be revisited if Trump loses the 2020 e...
Tags: UK, US, Trends, Britain, Donald Trump, Huawei, Trump, Observer, Oliver Dowden, Huawei Operators, Olivia Dowden


England Will Allow Indoor Concerts Next Month

Indoor concerts will be able to resume in England next month, Variety reports. "From 1 August socially distanced audiences can return for indoor performances in theatres, music halls and other venues," Oliver Dowden, the UK's Secretary Of State For Digital, Culture, Media And Sport, announced on Twitter yesterday. "This builds on pilots with … More »
Tags: Music, UK, England, News, Oliver Dowden


UK Government Allows Indoor Theatres to Re-Open August 1

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced on Twitter that U.K. theatres and music halls will be allowed to reopen on August 1, with socially distanced audiences. [Author: Stephi Wild]
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U.K. Government Allows Indoor Theatres to Re-Open August 1

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced on Twitter that U.K. theatres and music halls will be allowed to reopen on August 1, with socially distanced audiences. [Author: Stephi Wild]
Tags: Theatre, Stephi Wild, Oliver Dowden


From sociopathic to tetchy: Tory ministers perform full gamut of U-turns | John Crace

Gove was borderline sociopathic, while poor Oliver Dowden was having his first experience of this kind of humiliationMondayIt’s always fascinating to watch how a government minister deals with a major U-turn in policy. Four years ago Michael Gove was happily telling the country how the UK would not only retain all the benefits of the single market, but we’d also end up with a better deal with the EU. Today he came to the Commons to explain how we’d be building lorry parks in Kent and elsewhere a...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, UK News, Michael Gove, Kent, Huawei, Oliver, Gove, John Crace, Hancock, Matt Hancock, EU Today, Coronavirus outbreak, Oliver Dowden, Oliver Which


U.K. Theaters, Music Venues to Reopen With Socially Distanced Audiences From Aug. 1

The U.K. government has announced that indoor performances in theaters and other venues can take place from Aug. 1, and business events and conferences can resume from Oct. 1. Social distancing rules will have to be observed. The announcement was made Friday on Twitter by Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and […]
Tags: News, Oliver Dowden, U K Theaters Music Venues


Theaters, Music Venues in England to Reopen With Socially Distanced Audiences From Aug. 1

The U.K. government has announced that indoor performances in theaters and other venues in England can take place from Aug. 1, and business events and conferences can resume from Oct. 1. Social distancing rules will have to be observed. The announcement was made Friday on Twitter by Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, […]
Tags: England, News, Oliver Dowden


Trump takes credit for UK's Huawei ban: 'I did this myself'

The UK will not work with Huawei to build out its 5G network, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government announced Tuesday. The move is a reversal of policy based on US-imposed sanctions, UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said. President Trump took credit for the sudden change in an exchange with reporters this week. "We convinced many countries, many countries — I did this myself for the most part — not to use Huawei, because we think it's an unsafe security risk, it's a big security risk," T...
Tags: UK, US, Trends, Washington Dc, Boris Johnson, Huawei, Trump, Ben Gilbert, Dowden, Oliver Dowden


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. The UK government announced it will remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, and telecoms companies will be banned from purchasing Huawei 5G equipment from next year. UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the decision was due to major sanctions imposed on the Chinese firm by the US government. Amazon is launching 20 healthcare clinics in five US cities as part of a pilot program for warehouse workers and their families. T...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, California, China, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Aws, Airbnb, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Abacus, Amazon Alexa


The Huawei dispute is only one part of a wider UK-China struggle

Coronavirus, trade, Hong Kong and human rights are all in play as UK strips Huawei from its 5GThe UK-China Huawei dispute is now only part of a wider struggle ranging over the coronavirus pandemic, trade, the national security law imposed on Hong Kong, human rights in China and maritime security in the South China Sea.There seems little in principle holding the newly assertive China back save the strategic concern that it is being forced to engage on too many fronts at once. China appears to be ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Politics, UK, Technology, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Huawei


UK bans Huawei from 5G network, citing security risks triggered by US sanctions

Britain has announced it’s banning Huawei from the country’s 5G network, mere months after agreeing to keep the firm as a supplier. Telecom company will have to strip all Huawei gear from their networks by 2027, and will be barred from buying any more of its 5G tech from the start of next year. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said the move would cost up to $2.5bn and delay the UK‘s 5G rollout by two-to-three years. “This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Politics, UK, China, Digital, US, Britain, Telecom, Huawei, Neural, Oliver Dowden


UK Bans Huawei From 5G Network, Raising Tensions With China

Britain announced on Tuesday that it would ban equipment from the Chinese technology giant Huawei from the country's high-speed wireless network, a victory for the Trump administration and a reversal of an earlier decision that underscores how technology has taken center stage in the deepening divide between Western powers and China. From a report: In January Britain said that Huawei equipment could be used in its new 5G network on a limited basis. But since then Prime Minister Boris Johnson has...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, China, Tech, Beijing, Britain, United States, Paris, Italy, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Huawei, Trump, Britain France Germany, Robert O Brien, Oliver Dowden


UK U-turns on Huawei and 5G, giving operators until 2027 to rip out existing kit

The UK government has confirmed a widely expected U-turn related to “high risk” 5G vendors linked to the Chinese state — attributing the policy shift to the US recently imposing tighter sanctions on Huawei’s access to its technologies. UK digital minister Oliver Dowden told parliament the new policy will bar telcos from buying 5G kit from Huawei and ZTE to install in new network builds from the end of this year. While any of their kit that’s already been installed in UK 5G networks must be re...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Europe, UK, China, Bt, US, Samsung, Supply Chain, Tech, NEC, Britain, United States, Telecommunications, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson


British Government Bans Huawei 5G Equipment From Mobile Networks

The British government has banned mobile providers from purchasing Huawei 5G equipment after Dec. 31. All 5G kit supplied by the company must be removed from U.K. networks by 2027. The move is likely to worsen the U.K.’s relationship with China, already under strain due to their differences over Hong Kong. Digital secretary Oliver Dowden […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Huawei, Oliver Dowden, Hong Kong Digital


Huawei to be stripped of role in UK's 5G network by 2027, Dowden confirms

U-turn puts Boris Johnson on collision course with Tory rebels on timing of banHuawei is to be stripped out of Britain’s 5G phone networks by 2027, a date that puts Boris Johnson on collision course with a group of Conservative rebels who want the Chinese company eliminated quicker and more comprehensively.Oliver Dowden, the UK culture secretary, also announced that no new Huawei 5G kit can be bought after 31 December this year – but disappointed the rebels by saying that older 2G, 3G and 4G kit...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Technology, China, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Boris Johnson, Huawei, 5g, Dowden, Oliver Dowden