For a brief moment this morning I was going to be interviewing Lord Stephen Carter while he taxied between the Digital Britian Report Launch at the ICC and the Unconference at Fazeley Studios for Rhubarb Radio.

In the end it didn’t happen, the Minister wanted a break — that’s fair, and to be honest his speech was great in answering a lot of what I might have asked. But there were a few questions I’d lined up that he didn’t cover. Would you like to answer them:

Will digital conversation fundamentally change democracy, how will this report give us the tools to do that?

What will drive uptake by the digitally excluded — access to services or conversation. What’s in the report to drive conversational spaces rather than broadcasting or industry?

Reliance on DAB seems odd given than many businesses are pulling out — why not skip a failing generation of radio infrastructure?

In your speech you seemed disappointed in media coverage. What did you hope that they would cover?

What mechanisms do you think need to ensure impartial news from smaller organisations -    where does regulation come from with so many interests in consortia?

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  1. Sorry the interview didn’t come off. It was only at the last minute that his press lady said he’d rather not. What he actually used the taxi ride for was to enthuse about the morning event and to get stuck into his blackberry whilst listening to me bore him about Birmingham.

    Being disappointed in the media coverage seemed to be a consistent theme. One of the questions at the unconference was about giving ITV some of the license fee – that set him off again – “read the report, we do not say that”.

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