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Media Plurality Series: Interview with Robert Picard

For the last piece in our Media Plurality Series, LSE MSc student Emma Goodman interviewed Robert Picard, Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and one of the foremost experts on media economics and business. You said earlier that the UK tends to use a more narrow definition of plurality than that employed in other countries. […]

Media Plurality Series: Why is the EU not Protecting Plurality?

Among a number of other issues raised in Index on Censorships recent report on the EU and freedom of expression, was that of media plurality. Mike Harris, Index’s Head of Advocacy explains the reports findings on media concentration and argues that action is urgently needed to protect pluralism in Europe. ”Currently the EU does not have the legal competence to […]

Media Plurality Series: The Impact of a 20% Ownership Cap – Not so ‘Minor’

Following the presentation of a policy brief we published modelling proposed media ownership limits, Rob Kenny of Communications Chambers counters one of the brief’s conclusions and explains why he thinks such limits would have significant impact on the media market.  Last week Justin Schlosberg (of Birkbeck, University of London and the Media Reform Coalition) and I debated media plurality issues at an […]

Media Plurality Series: The Transparency of Media Ownership

In the next post in our Media Plurality Series curated together with the Media Power and Plurality Project, Mark Thompson, of the Open Society Media Program, argues that an important first step toward media pluralism in Europe is better transparency of media ownership.  Amid all the attention that scholars and activists have paid to media ownership over the years, the transparency […]

Media Plurality Series: European Level Inertia is not Justified

In the next post in our Media Plurality Series curated together with the Media Power and Plurality Project, Petros Iosifidis of City University London looks at developments at the European level and calls for action to set criteria for two kinds of measurement mechanisms.  The rationale for public intervention on media ownership is twofold: to prevent excessive media concentration and the […]

Media Plurality Series: New Research Models Proposed Ownership Limits

Based on his latest research that examined civil society proposals for media plurality measures and models their suggested ownership limits against current market conditions, Justin Schlosberg of Birkbeck, University of London argues that such limits and thresholds could limit media power with minimal impact on the market.  What was exposed beyond any doubt at the Leveson Inquiry hearings was the […]

Media Plurality Series: Is Ofcom’s “Share of References” Scheme Fit for Measuring Media Power?

Kicking off our joint Media Plurality Series with the Media Power and Plurality Project, University of Westminster’s Steven Barnett argues that the “share of references” method of measuring media power is not sufficient.  At the heart of any discussion about plurality and media ownership lies the concept of power: for democracy to function properly, the exercise of power over public […]

Launch of New Media Plurality Blog Series

Since the publication of the Leveson Inquiry report just over a year ago, the formation of a new self-regulatory body for the press has dominated the policy debate about its implementation. However, Inquiry proceedings and the report’s recommendations also highlighted another important area for policy reform: the control and measurement of media plurality and ownership.

Although outside the limelight, policymakers […]

Ensuring media diversity and plurality in Norway

In Norway, a government-appointed Commission on Media Diversity, focusing on citizens as media users, has recently published wide-ranging proposals to safeguard access to journalism at a time of significant turbulence and change. Here one of its members, Hallvard Moe, summarises the political context and the main recommendations of the Commission.

The Norwegian political system and the role of green papers

Norway has […]

Ofcom’s Plurality Framework: Protecting the Status Quo?

Justin Schlosberg, from Birkbeck, University of London, responds to this week’s publication of Ofcom’s measurement framework for media plurality, arguing that the choice of metrics and the lack of ‘clear bright lines’ in the framework hamper a proper review of media concentration, and instead simply preserve the status quo. He has previously written a policy brief on Modelling Media […]