McCulloch named as part of digital advisory forum

LONDON - A forum of experts, including former ITV commercial chief Ian McCulloch, has been appointed to a panel convened by former Ofcom chief Stephen Carter, aimed at boosting the digital and creative industries.

McCulloch: will head the forum appointed to guide the work of The Digital Britain Report
McCulloch: will head the forum appointed to guide the work of The Digital Britain Report

The forum has been appointed to guide the work of The Digital Britain Report that aims to further develop the UK’s digital economy.

Members of the forum, who will provide input into the Digital Britain Report, include Dr Tanya Byron, Barry Cox, chairman of the Digital Radio Working Group and former Channel 4 chairman, and Robin Foster from the Convergence think tank.

Along with other members of the forum, they will provide sponsorship and expertise in their particular areas of focus and will advise Carter on the overall strategy.

Carter said: Fully embracing a digital future is a must for any successful knowledge economy. The steering board will serve and advise The Digital Britain Report in its ambition and its practical recommendations.

The expert advisers and their primary area of focus are:

Peter Black - Network technology
Dr Tanya Byron - Online protection
Francesco Caio - Next generation networks
Andrew Chitty - Production/new media
Barry Cox - Digital radio
Matthew d'Ancona - Print media/new media
Robin Foster - Public service content
Andrew Gowers - Creative economy
Ian McCulloch - Media markets
Peter Phillips - Regulatory frameworks
Stephen Temple - Spectrum

Speaking at the launch of the forum last week, culture secretary Andy Burnham said: We need to move quickly if we are to maximise the benefits of convergence. Over the past year, we’ve worked with experts to get a clear understanding of the issues to address and obstacles to overcome, if our businesses and citizens are to take full advantage of technology.

He added: Now is the time to move from the think tank phase to the delivery phase, and focus on the actions needed to bring benefits for both the economy and an enriched society.

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