The upper house of the UK Parliament proposes that Ofcom should be allocated decision-making power in mergers raising potential media plurality concerns

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Ofcom: A Credible Solution to Bias in Media Public Interest Mergers?* On 4 February, 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. At present, this role is performed by the Secretary of State but, as has been noted in a previous post by Andreas Stephan, 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

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David Reader, The upper house of the UK Parliament proposes that Ofcom should be allocated decision-making power in mergers raising potential media plurality concerns, 4 February 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Media, Art. N° 64070

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