Press Regulation

Karen Bradley. A Prince?

Anyone with evidence about whether the proposed Sky-Fox merger will operate against the public interest has until Friday 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.

 

It’s the Politics, Stupid

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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 […]

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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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    Press regulation: three reasons why a 30 year old campaign must continue

Press regulation: three reasons why a 30 year old campaign must continue

A government consultation on press regulation which asked for views on whether to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and whether or not to proceed with Leveson Part 2, closed last week. Steven Barnett, Professor of Communication at the University of Westminster, argues that it is important to take a longer term perspective on the […]

The Risks of Abandoning Leveson

Theresa May’s government should carefully consider the risks of diluting or abandoning Leveson once its consultation closes on Tuesday, argues Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s College London. The points made in this post are explained at more length in the Centre’s submission to the DCMS/Home Office consultation on […]

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 […]

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    Implementing Leveson: how national newspaper groups use local press as “human shields”

Implementing Leveson: how national newspaper groups use local press as “human shields”

Four years after the publication of the Leveson report, and shortly after the recognition of IMPRESS as an approved regulator, the UK government launched a new consultation into two issues of press regulation, closing on 10 January. The consultation invites views both on section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and on whether Part 2 of the […]

Leveson’s lasting effect on press-police relations

Four years after the publication of the Leveson report, and shortly after the recognition of IMPRESS as an approved regulator , the UK government has launched a new consultation into two issues of press regulation. The consultation invites views both on section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and on whether Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry, […]

IMPRESS vs IPSO: A chasm, not a cigarette paper

Last week, the Press Recognition Panel recognised IMPRESS as an approved regulator under the conditions set out in the Royal Charter, with potentially wide-reaching implications for the UK press, including those already regulated by IPSO. Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, argues that there is a world of difference between the two regulators that publishers […]