Written evidence submitted by PRS for
Thank you very much for you letter dated 4 November,
which I received today.
I was in fact aware of the evidence given by
Andrew Harrison and his colleagues from Radio Centre under questioning
from Janet Anderson in the context of the above hearing on 27 October.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to respond directly to
the Committee on the various issues that arose.
Keith Gilbert, our Managing Director for Public
Performance Licensing (who was with me when we met) will be co-ordinating
our response over the next few days. As a general observation,
however, over the last year or so PRS has done a great deal of
work in monitoring how it is perceived by potential licensees
and has also introduced its Code of Practice. The comments made
by both the questioner and the responses are simply not substantiated
by our own experience, especially in more recent times.
Additionally, you should know that we have generally
a very good relationship with Radio Centre and have frequent meetings
with them but, in particular, there is a meeting scheduled between
Andrew Harrison and Andrew Shaw, our Managing Director of Broadcasting,
Online and Recorded Media, and Keith Gilbert to discuss these
Acting Chief Executive