Media Plurality and Ownership

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    Radical proposals in the EC’s consultation on audiovisual media services

Radical proposals in the EC’s consultation on audiovisual media services

Not everyone at the European Commission is consumed by the Greek crisis. Some are even making radical policies to promote the Single Market in the media sector. LSE’s Sally Broughton Micova explains some of proposals in the recently launched consultation on audiovisual media services arguing that civil society should contribute ideas on how to promote independence of media regulators.

On Monday 6 July the […]

Greek media in disarray

Maria Kyriakidou, lecturer at the University of East Anglia and researcher on the Euro Crisis in the Press project, discusses a new report on Media Policy and Independent Journalism in Greece and explains the current challenges for Greek media.

There is perhaps no other field that better illustrates how deeply ingrained clientelism is in Greek political culture than the media sector. […]

What is wrong with the Greek media?

LSE Phd researcher Vaios Papanagnou reviews a new report on Media Policy and Independent Journalism in Greece and draws an analysis of the state of the country’s journalism.

The unravelling of the Greek media system has been spectacular. This was not only due to its centrality in the public space, but more importantly because of the intensity of its destruction. The annihilation of […]

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    Half empty or full? The politics of measuring media plurality

Half empty or full? The politics of measuring media plurality

Justin Schlosberg of Birkbeck, University of London looks at why the media ownership and plurality debates are stuck on the issue of measurement and argues that better assessment is needed before the right metrics can be chosen. 

Ofcom’s latest consultation on measuring media plurality asks at the outset ‘what, if anything, should be added to the measurement framework?’ This question itself […]

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    Ofcom consultation – implications for Google and Facebook?

Ofcom consultation – implications for Google and Facebook?

The Leveson Inquiry debated media plurality in the UK, and the implication of concentrated media power for democracy, but did not make detailed recommendations for policy change. Since then, Parliament and also Government have consulted. Now the regulator Ofcom has been asked to come up with a new framework for measuring media plurality and is consulting on this until 20 May. Sharif Labo and […]

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    Media Pluralism Monitor: lessons have been learned, but concern remains for Bulgarian media

Media Pluralism Monitor: lessons have been learned, but concern remains for Bulgarian media

Nelly Ognyanova, Professor in Media Law at Sofia University, and Orlin Spassov, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Sofia University and Executive Director of Media Democracy Foundation, explain the results of the pilot implementation in Bulgaria of the Media Pluralism Monitor, a monitoring tool which aims to assess risks to media pluralism in the EU Member States […]

GE2015: Party positions on media plurality and local news

The three main UK political parties – the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour – have set out their policy priorities for the media & telecoms sectors in their party manifestos. A recent report from Enders Analysis highlights areas of convergence and divergence between them in different areas of TMT policy. Although there will be considerable policy continuity from […]

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    Google’s Digital News Initiative: Picking winners in the future of journalism

Google’s Digital News Initiative: Picking winners in the future of journalism

Des Freedman is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, and current chair of the Media Reform Coalition. In this article he looks into decision-making behind Google’s Digital News Initiative, the potential pitfalls, and why it is not an outline for long-term media funding.

Google’s decision to set up a €150 million fund for digital news […]

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    Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal?

Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal?

Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and a founding member of the Media Reform Coalition, looks at what the UK parties’ election manifestos say about media ownership.

In a recent article the Press Gazette pointed out that in 60% of the UK national newspaper market the election campaign coverage has been pro-Conservative compared to 33 % of […]

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    Nought for your comfort: Sir Alan Moses’ speech to the LSE Media Policy Project

Nought for your comfort: Sir Alan Moses’ speech to the LSE Media Policy Project

Media lawyer Jonathan Coad is a partner in the Media Brands and Technology Group at Lewis Silkin LLP and acts for both Claimants and Defendants. He expresses disappointment that IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation) seems to be heading in the same ineffectual direction as the PCC (Press Complaints Commission).
When I read of the appointment of Sir Alan Moses to the vital […]