Media Plurality and Ownership

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    Will Karen Bradley Refer SKY-FOX to the Competition and Markets Authority?

Will Karen Bradley Refer SKY-FOX to the Competition and Markets Authority?

Anyone with evidence about whether the proposed Sky-Fox merger will operate against the public interest had until Friday 14 July to submit it to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If nothing changes, argues Damian Tambini, Bradley will be tempted to take advantage of parliamentary recess and approve the deal.

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    Decision to refer Sky bid to regulator a blow to Murdochs – but will it be short-lived?

Decision to refer Sky bid to regulator a blow to Murdochs – but will it be short-lived?

The planned full acquisition of the pan-European broadcaster Sky by the multinational media conglomerate 21st Century Fox has caused many concerns about news plurality, media concentration, and the vertical integration of internet service provision and content creation. In this post, Des Freedman (professor at Goldsmiths, University of London) comments on the statement by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley that she […]

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

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    Ofcom should review Sky deal also because it’s a broadband supplier

Ofcom should review Sky deal also because it’s a broadband supplier

In December 2016, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox reached an agreement in principle to buy UK satellite broadcaster Sky. After Fox formally notified the European Commission of its bid on 3 March, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Karen Bradley has said that she is ‘minded to’ refer the deal to Ofcom on the grounds of media plurality and commitment to […]

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    Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom

Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom

After Fox has now formally notified the European Commission about its bid for the broadcaster Sky, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, has 10 working days to decide whether to refer the bid to Ofcom for review. In this post, Martin Moore, Director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at […]

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    Murdoch’s access to British prime minister shows media power still in hands of the few

Murdoch’s access to British prime minister shows media power still in hands of the few

In December 2016, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox reached an agreement in principle to buy UK satellite broadcaster Sky, a deal which might trigger a public interest test on the grounds of media plurality and a review by Ofcom. Des Freedman, professor at Goldsmiths, and Justin Schlosberg, lecturer at Birkbeck and chair of the Media Reform Coalition, argue that […]

Where now for media reform in the UK?

The biggest issue for media policy in the UK in 2017 is Brexit, and during the coming months this blog will feature a number of posts on that topic as the government’s Article 50 strategy becomes more clear. In this first post of the year, Damian Tambini looks instead at some of the purely domestic issues that will dominate […]

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    The 21st Century Fox bid for Sky needs a thorough, thoughtful review

The 21st Century Fox bid for Sky needs a thorough, thoughtful review

Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s bid for the British pay-TV company Sky is raising important questions around its consequences for media pluralism, free expression, and news accuracy. Here, Damian Tambini explains why the Culture Secretary should order a thorough review of this case.

Ever since the News International Bid to purchase BskyB was withdrawn in 2011, commentators have expected another bid to […]

We need European regulation of Facebook and Google

Facebook has recently come under significant scrutiny for its perceived role in the US election as a conduit for fake news and hate speech, and is currently advertising for a head of news partnerships, presumably intended to tackle such issues. As Facebook has always maintained that its is a platform rather than a media company, it is difficult to […]

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    AVMS Review and Media Regulators’ Independence: the Dancing Procession of Echternach?

AVMS Review and Media Regulators’ Independence: the Dancing Procession of Echternach?

On Monday September 26 2016 the CULT committee of the European Parliament will hold a hearing on the Audiovisual Media Services review. In its legislative proposal of May this year, the European Commission proposed introducing an obligation for Member States to guarantee the independence of their media regulators (specifying a number of independence requirements). The draft report of the […]