Does Ofcom Offer a Credible Solution to Bias in Media Public Interest Mergers in the United Kingdom?

Reader, David (2014) Does Ofcom Offer a Credible Solution to Bias in Media Public Interest Mergers in the United Kingdom? CPI Antitrust Chronicle, April 2014 (1).

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Abstract

On 4 February 2014, the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications published its Report on Media Plurality proposing a number of changes to media ownership regulation in the UK. Among the most notable is the proposal to grant decision-making powers to the media regulator, Ofcom, in mergers raising potential media plurality concerns. This role is currently performed by the Secretary of State but the ability of politicians to undertake this role impartially has recently been called into question. In particular, the close contact between a NewsCorp lobbyist and a Special Adviser to (the then Culture Secretary) Jeremy Hunt during the NewsCorp/BSkyB assessment, as exposed by the Leveson Inquiry, highlights the sheer extent to which politicians can be subjected to undue influence in the media sector. This article scrutinises the Lords' proposals and finds that re-allocating the decision-making role to Ofcom could could amount to substituting one problem for another.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: merger control,public interest,competition law ,competition policy,house of lords,media,decision making
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 16:06
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 23:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/51574
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