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    The Plurality Dialogue: what have we learned, and where next?

The Plurality Dialogue: what have we learned, and where next?

To conclude our Plurality Dialogue series, LSE Media Policy Project director Damian Tambini addresses the most crucial questions that policymakers should be considering with regards to the role that digital intermediaries play in the democratic process.

How might Facebook, Google and other intermediaries influence the outcome of the 2015 UK election? Are they displacing newspapers and TV as kingmakers? As […]

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    “Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

“Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Argyro Karanasiou, Lecturer in IT & Media Law for the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University argues that policymakers must embrace decentralised Internet architectures as a way of breaking online informational monopolies.

Back in 1967, computer network pioneer Paul Baran described network communications as an unregulated public […]

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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 […]

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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    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 […]

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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 […]

Media Policy and the Party Manifestos – Some Ideas

Now is the time in the political cycle when the main parties are writing their manifestos. So what could go in the media policy sections? The Media Policy Project does not have a partisan position. I here offer my personal view of some of the potential policy commitments that parties should consider. Only policies that cost nothing or that generate funds […]

Communications Committee Inquiry on Media Plurality

Written evidence for the House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry on Media Plurality must be submitted by 1 May.

It remains to be seen if the expected Communications Review White Paper will be published by then but it is clear that the Inquiry will be a useful forum for debate of the issues that the Government may be discussing – […]

Why Revenues are a Poor Indicator of Media Influence – the Italian Case

Davide Morisi, with the European Commission’s Communication Directorate  presents evidence from Italy that shows the dangers of basing fixed limits aimed at encouraging media plurality solely on company revenue.

As the fourth part of the Leveson Inquiry concludes, the debate on press and media regulation in the UK will now focus on future policy changes. Among the several measures that can […]

Measuring Media Plurality in the United Kingdom: Policy Choices and Regulatory Challenges

Rachael Craufurd Smith and Damian Tambini*

1. Introduction

2. Rationales for Market Intervention

3. Policy Rationales in the UK

4. Key Characteristics of the UK Media Plurality Test

5. The Media Plurality Test in Operation

6. Options for Reform

7. Conclusion

Bibliography

1. Introduction

Since 1945, UK policy on media ownership has displayed a consistent commitment to maintaining what has come to be known as ‘media plurality’ but uncertainty […]

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