The House of Lords Communications Committee published a new report on media plurality and called for media regulator Ofcom to take a leading role in deciding whether specific media transactions can go ahead.

In an interview about the report and its proposed policies, Committee Chairman Lord Inglewood, said, “the real core of our report is that we are coming forward with a system that deals both with issues of plurality deriving from organic change and from transactions. We propose steps that can be taken which deal with each of them, and at the same time  work in parallel. There are the regular plurality reviews, which come through every five years or so we anticipate, and then if something particularly dramatic happens, the transaction will trigger an investigation. The investigation deals with both the competition aspects and the plurality aspects of each case, and we’ve slightly re-balanced the relationship between competition policy and the plurality policy.”

The full text of the report can be found below:

 

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