Chris Dawes, an industry veteran and Senior Visiting Fellow at the LSE, analyses the Government’s recent response to the report into media plurality by noting the challenges of measuring plurality, examining possible next steps for Ofcom, and arguing that competition law and public interest assessments may prove to be the key tools in regulating media influence. The Government published on 6 August its response to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Communications Report into Media Plurality, which was published on 4 February.
The main conclusion of the response is to proceed as proposed in July 2013, i.e. to “commission the development of a clear measurement framework, to be worked up in partnership with industry”. Or perhaps that’s one step back. A long and detailed analysis and consultation and further analysis seem likely, in order subsequently to “allow for the first ever baseline market assessment of media plurality in the UK to be conducted”. Continue reading