Lancashire MP chosen to oversee key media decisions

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has been elected the new Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Media Group, succeeding Austin Mitchell, who will stand down from Parliament at the General Election.

The Group, which is the main forum in Parliament for discussion of public policy and legislation affecting the media sector since its launch in 1992, has been chaired by Mr Mitchell since 1998.

Mrs Cooper was unanimously elected at the Group’s Annual General Meeting in the Palace of Westminster. The meeting also received a presentation on the future of public service broadcasting from directors of media regulator, Ofcom.

Mrs Cooper thanked Mr Mitchell for his support and said: “I will ensure the Group will continue to meet the high standards he has set, particularly as we move forward to look at crucial areas like the BBC Charter renewal.”