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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 […]

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 […]

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    Future of the BBC: why the ‘market failure’ model is a flop in broadcasting

Future of the BBC: why the ‘market failure’ model is a flop in broadcasting

Justin Lewis, Professor of Communication at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, analyses the ‘market failure’ model proposed by the government for BBC’s next Charter Review. Drawing upon the US public broadcasting example, he argues that such a model puts at risk the very […]

Our top 10 blog posts so far this year

As you prepare to embark on (or return from) summer holidays, why not take a look at our most read blog posts so far this year? Here are some of the Media Policy Project Blog’s highlights from January to June 2015, covering children’s rights and digital safety, the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive and Digital Single Market Strategy, privacy […]

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    BBC Charter Green Paper: Unprecedented threat to BBC’s future

BBC Charter Green Paper: Unprecedented threat to BBC’s future

In his response to the Green Paper on the BBC Charter Review, Steven Barnett of the University of Westminster argues that the vision the paper sets out would severely limit the BBC’s freedom to be popular and result in a small, unloved broadcaster.

Today’s Green Paper on BBC Charter Review represents the biggest threat to the BBC’s scale, influence 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 […]

Governing the gatekeepers: is formal regulation needed?

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet at the LSE. In the latest post in our series on digital intermediaries and plurality, she argues that intermediaries are influencing media production and dissemination often in ways not fully understood by policymakers, implementing policy without oversight. Regulators have been unable to keep up with the pace of change and […]

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    Picard: We must keep the focus on why plurality is important

Picard: We must keep the focus on why plurality is important

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. Here he argues that digital intermediaries should not be ignored in the debates over media pluralism, particularly when they perform editorial functions. This […]

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    Mapping Digital Media Series: Questionable Gains from the Digital Dividend

Mapping Digital Media Series: Questionable Gains from the Digital Dividend

Having examined reports from numerous countries at various stages of completing the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting produced by the Open Society Foundation’s Mapping Digital Media Project, Christian S. Nissen of the Copenhagen Business School and former CEO of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation argues that civil society in most countries is not seeing the benefits that could potentially […]