Creative Industries

I had breakfast yesterday with the chieftains of the creative industries – the heads of Channels 4, Hearst and Penguin, and Sir Peter Bazalgette on his home turf.   It was in advance of the launch on Monday of a Creative Industries Federation to draw attention to the role that the creative industries play in British life, having broadly replaced manufacturing as a source of prosperity.   The issues were:-  the interconnectedness of public and private, as argued by David Abraham in his MacTaggart lecture;  the benefits of a £3 billion subsidy of creative programme-making;  the role of education in encouraging creativity (but, of course, the current government has been trying to do the opposite);  and the importance of copyright to publishing.   But I wasn’t convinced that anyone answered James Purnell’s question as to what the creative industries are seeking from government.

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