The Government’s commission on the Future of the Media, established in October 2020 and scheduled to report in the middle of last year, managed to submit its report in October, not a great delay given that the chair, Brian MacCraith, also headed up the Government’s vaccination taskforce.

However, the minister, Catherine Martin, has not published the document and a necessary debate is hindered in its absence. Last Monday, the UK government announced a review of the BBC license fee, frozen for the next couple of years and possibly to be abolished in 2027, as has already been done in several European countries.