Culture committee to hold ticket tout session

The Culture, Media & Sport Committee, which is made up of UK MPs from across the political spectrum, will examine the issue of ticket touting at a session on 15 November.
 
The committee was created to monitor the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its associated bodies.
 
The one-off session will look into ticket touting and the problem of using software to harvest tickets from online sites, before selling to fans at inflated prices.
 
Event industry witnesses at the session will include Ian McAndrew, Wildlife Entertainment, Annabella Coldrick, CEO of MMF, and You Me At Six band member Josh Franceschi.
 
The session concerns a potential amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, which is about to make its way through Parliament. The amendment, which was originally tabled during the public bill committee stage of the process, would make it illegal to use digital purchasing software to buy an excessive number of tickets.
 
The sessions will also hear evidence from ticket industry professionals, including the chairman of Ticketmaster UK, the head of legal (Europe) for StubHub and representatives from the Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers and online marketplace eBay.
 
The meeting will take place at the House of Commons, beginning at 10.30am, and will be available to watch online at www.parliament.tv.

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