The UK Telecommunications Regulator opens the door to further consolidation in the radio sector (Radio Advertising Market Research)

1. Summary On 19 October 2006 Ofcom, the communications industry regulator in the UK, published research which could have a major impact on the way in which the UK competition authorities assess radio mergers [1]. The research shows that the pricing of radio advertising is constrained by advertising in other media. This would suggest that radio advertising is part of a wider market, which includes other forms of advertising. The OFT and the Competition Commission (“CC”) have not in the past recognised such a wider market and their competition analysis in certain previous merger cases might have been materially different, if the conclusions of Ofcom's research had been available to them. It is quite possible that the research will make it easier to get radio mergers, and possibly

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  • Dickson Minto (London)

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Ajal Notowicz, The UK Telecommunications Regulator opens the door to further consolidation in the radio sector (Radio Advertising Market Research), 19 October 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2006, Art. N° 12560

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