Media Plurality and Ownership

Developing the user perspective in the plurality dialogue

Professor Natali Helberger is professor of Information Law at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA), Institute for Information Law (IViR). Here she highlights the need for the plurality debate to focus on user demand and consumption, in particular defining just what a sufficiently diverse news diet is, and to what ends this is being pursued.

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    Digital distributors cannot escape their editorial responsibilities

Digital distributors cannot escape their editorial responsibilities

Andrew Miller has been CEO of Guardian Media Group (GMG) since July 2010. He has presided over a five year transformation programme that has seen the Guardian shift from a print-based organisation to one that is digital-first in both philosophy and practice. Here, in a post based on his Polis Media Agenda Talk, he discusses the role played by […]

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    Digital intermediaries and the public interest standard in algorithm governance

Digital intermediaries and the public interest standard in algorithm governance

Philip Napoli is Professor of Journalism & Media Studies in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University, where his research focuses on media institutions and policy. He has provided testimony on media policy issues to the U.S. Senate, the FCC and the FTC as well as being featured in media outlets such as the NBC Nightly News, […]

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    Striking the balance: why we still need a plurality dialogue

Striking the balance: why we still need a plurality dialogue

Robin Foster is an adviser on strategy, policy and regulation in the media and communications sectors and a founding member of Communications Chambers. He previously held strategy and board level posts at Ofcom, Independent Television Commission, and the BBC and has provided senior level advice to leading organisations including BT, ITV, Channel 4 and BskyB. Here he argues for […]

A Blog Series: Time for a Plurality Dialogue

Over the coming weeks, this blog will host insight from leading world experts focusing on the topic of the role of new digital intermediaries in the context of traditional media policy concerns with media pluralism and editorial responsibility. We are pleased to announce that Robin Foster will outline his views in a starting blog post next week, and we […]

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    Media Pluralism Monitor identifies areas of concern for the UK

Media Pluralism Monitor identifies areas of concern for the UK

Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He explains the results of the pilot implementation in the UK of the European Union’s Media Pluralism Monitor.

The UK scores relatively well overall […]

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    European Commission approves Facebook/WhatsApp deal: data concentration and privacy as competition concerns?

European Commission approves Facebook/WhatsApp deal: data concentration and privacy as competition concerns?

Inge Graef, an expert on the intersection between personal data and competition law on online media platforms from KU Leuven, looks at the Facebook/WhatsApp acquisition and argues that the European Commission should have examined the impact data concentration can have on attracting and retaining users and privacy as a means of competition between competing services.  

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp raises […]

The hackers hacked and press freedom in peril

Angela Phillips, author of the recently published book Journalism in Context, argues that British news media needs an authoritative, moral, and collective voice to fight against the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and to preserve a free and open press. 
For the first time since the start of the hacking enquiries, the British Press is speaking with one voice in its condemnation […]

Why we need a UK equivalent of the Knight News Challenge

Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust and the author of a recent report on the deficit of local news in the UK, argues that more needs to be done to foster innovation among local news and civic technology providers.

You’ll remember the scene from It’s a Wonderful Life: the angel Clarence shows George Bailey what Bedford Falls would […]

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    Transparency of media ownership: a first step towards media plurality measures?

Transparency of media ownership: a first step towards media plurality measures?

Just as the European Commission held a seminar in Brussels to exchange best practices on transparency of media ownership on 3 October, a new report found that in many European countries, citizens were unable to establish who owns or controls the media operating in their country. At the EC event and in the report a clear link is made […]