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    EC Consultation on “Rapidly Converging Audiovisual World” – Extended to 30 September

EC Consultation on “Rapidly Converging Audiovisual World” – Extended to 30 September

The European Commission is seeking comments from stakeholders, viewers, and internet users about the changing media landscape. The growth of the internet has made broadcasting, telecommunications, streaming video, journalism, and other media platforms more accessible, but distinctions between them are becoming blurred. This media ‘convergence’ has complicates the application of separate governance and self-regulatory policies. The Commission released a Green […]

Consultation on Nuisance Calls: Parliament’s Culture, Media & Sport Committee is accepting submissions through 15 August

REMINDER: The deadline for submitting to the Culture, Media & Sport Committee’s consultation on nuisance calls is Thursday, 15 August.

Combating nuisance calls has been a challenging task for regulators and communications providers for years. According to research conducted by Ofcom, unwanted marketing calls and text messages, together with abandoned and silent calls, have been a significant source of anxiety and […]

Update on the House of Lords Communications Committee’s Inquiry on Media Plurality

The House of Lords Communications Committee has begun its inquiry into media plurality. This is significant: as MPP pointed out previously the Leveson Report directly passed to Parliament several questions on media plurality and ownership, and this starts the process for picking up the neglected ‘structural’ agenda of Leveson. After reviewing the evidence, two particular sticking points stand out. The first involves determining […]

The FCC’s Policy on Media Ownership Concentration: The role of ownership diversity

The United States is undergoing an overhaul of its media cross-ownership rules, and a recent study spearheaded by the Minority Media & Telecom Council reportedly suggests that liberalizing the current rules would not undermine minority and female ownership. Critics call the study flawed, and are concerned that enabling ownership concentration could lessen the plurality of viewpoints, particularly from these social groups. Nonetheless, the discussion illustrates that […]

House of Lords Debate on Media Plurality: Calling for Government Action

Efforts are being made to address the issue of media plurality at both the UK and European level. Concerns about excessive concentration of media ownership rose to the surface in the aftermath of the hacking scandal, and Leveson’s recommendations for reforming plurality rules propelled the issue up the political agenda.

A recent House of Lords debate on media plurality in […]

What does “public interest” mean for whistleblowers?

Holding public institutions to account often depends on those inside that witness wrongdoing “blowing the whistle” or journalists being able get information from those insiders. Since the Leveson Inquiry we have heard complaints from journalists that public institutions are clamping down on communication with the press, especially the police. But mechanisms for regulating and restricting an individual’s communication with journalists have been around […]

Incentivizing Press Regulation: ‘More carrot, less stick’

In his recommendations for press regulation, Lord Leveson emphasized that “the best option would be for all publishers to choose to sign up to a satisfactory self-regulatory regime and, in order to persuade them to do so, convincing incentives are required.”[1] The discussion about these “convincing incentives” has focused primarily on the exposure to exemplary damages for those who decline […]

How Should Law Protect Children Online?

Whilst almost everyone agrees that children should be protected online, an LSE workshop this week found that the legal basis for child protection was fragmented, sometimes ineffective and in need of a rethink.

Experts from the public sector, industry, law, academia and child protection organisations came together to examine the legal framework surrounding children’s engagement with the Internet. They found that given the evolving and transnational […]

A Royal Charter – The Right Approach, or Just a Regulatory Rigmarole?

Paul Moura, an American lawyer currently at LSE, takes an anthropological look at the Royal Charter option being discussed in relation to implementing Leveson

To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come Greeting!

You will find those words gracing the titles of some of the 900-plus Royal Charters currently in existence in the United Kingdom. If reports are accurate, we may […]

February 1st, 2013|Press Regulation|1 Comment|

FCC Cross-Ownership Proposals – Is U.S. Media Plurality Threatened?

UK media plurality advocates have been trying to place limits on media ownership, due in large part to the perceived abuse of press power that prompted the phone hacking scandal. But the US, as LSE’s Paul Moura shows, appears to be making moves in the opposite direction. The United States’ Federal Communications Commission is proposing changes to its media ownership […]