Digital Britannica

Today at 4pm would be a good time to bury bad news in the media sector, says this tweet. ITV isn’t recomissioning Primeval, that weird ‘lads and dads’ show featuring rather dangerous looking overgrown turkey chicks. ITN is doomed. Channel 4 will merge with ‘a bit’ of the BBC. 3000 BBC staff to go. Channel 5 will er, be replaced by 1Extra.

That’s because today’s the day that Lord Carter releases an eagerly anticipated (in the media at least) report on Digital Britain. There were many action point included in the interim report, including UK content for UK users, next generation infrastructure, access for all, copyright and so on, each of which exercises the various affected industries with a red hot poker. Back on January, there was a little bit of ’19th century protectionism for 20th century businesses that have no intrinsic right to success int he 21st century’ going on. <cue endless discussion about the future of journalism>

One industry which deserves a little airtime is the ‘creative sector’. Another is the software sector. Now the financial services business in the UK is in meltdown, UK government needs to find economic prods that can create economic wealth. The creative and software industries are inextricably linked in a digital economy.  Where’s the UK software industry in all of this? Where’s the next Google, Microsoft or Twitter application being developed? I’d like to see more support for British businesses that are building future businesses. The fact that I’m posting this on software developed in the US, on a computer designed in the US, built in the far east, talking about a microblogging habit orginating in the US, must tell us something.

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