Media Reform Coalition: New Report, Who Owns the UK Media in 2019

2 04 2019

The Media Reform Coalition produced its first comprehensive report on media ownership in the UK back in 2015 when it argued concentrated ownership was a significant problem for any modern democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Why media reform has been so hard to achieve – Tim Dwyer

17 05 2017

File 20170510 21610 yoybhqFrom the mid-20th century, there has been substantial international support for plurality of media ownership. Policies designed to limit the number of media outlets owned or controlled by one proprietor have been seen as a precondition for achieving a diverse range of viewpoints. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Reform Coalition: Poll shows strong support for action on media ownership

12 04 2015

Opinon PollFigures in a new poll reveal that there is overwhelming public support for action to confront the unaccountable power of media proprietors in the UK. 74 per cent believe that, in order to own a UK newspaper, radio station or TV channel, companies should be based in the UK and pay full UK tax while 61 per cent are in favour of compulsory rules (such as independent editorial boards) in order to limit the influence of owners over editorial output. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Plurality Dialogue: what have we learned, and where next? – Damian Tambini

18 01 2015

DI_Blog-320x202How might Facebook, Google and other intermediaries influence the outcome of the 2015 UK election? Are they displacing newspapers and TV as kingmakers? As Robin Foster noted, and data from the Oxford Reuters Institute illustrates, there is ample evidence that social media are rapidly rising as a source of news, posing deep questions about the automated, pseudo-editorial processes that increasingly determine the flow of news not only during elections but between them as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Transparency of media ownership: a first step towards media plurality measures? – Emma Goodman

10 10 2014

transparencyThe new report, written by Rachael Craufurd Smith and Yolande Stolte, presents the results of a project byAccess Info Europe and the Open Society Program on Independent Journalism that surveyed of media ownership transparency rules in 20 EU and neighbouring countries in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Long Grass Grows Quicker in the Summer: A Response to the Government’s Response to its Media Ownership Consultation – Des Freedman

14 08 2014

DCMSThose HR people in the Culture Department are a hard-nosed bunch. Instead of letting civil servants working on the media ownership brief have a well-deserved rest in Tuscany, they keep them at their desks in the hottest months of the year publishing policy statements when the sun is shining. Read the rest of this entry »

A predictable act of political cowardice: the government’s response on Media Ownership – Steven Barnett

10 08 2014

MediaIf one week is a long time in politics, three years are an eternity. Remember those heady days in July 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal broke and unanimous condemnation from our political leaders’ reflected public revulsion? Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: Murdoch now has his eyes fixed on Europe – Evan Harris

9 08 2014

The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The NewstandsPress Freedom goes beyond ensuring that any regulatory framework is completely independent of Government (and of course the Leveson proposals fully meet that requirement). It is also about protecting the media market from monopolistic control. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Rupert Murdoch’s plan to rule the media world still needs newspapers more than TV – Justin Schlosberg

2 08 2014

rupert-murdochRupert Murdoch’s latest bid for empire expansion has fallen on deaf ears. His offer to buy Time Warner for US$80 billion was resoundingly rejected by the owners of CNN, HBO and Warner Brothers. But despite the setback, Murdoch’s apparent willingness to sell off CNN to satisfy regulators (should a bid be accepted by Time Warner) reveals something significant about how he values news assets. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s grim down under: Australia, Murdoch and political control – Granville Williams

15 06 2014

AbbottMurdochA report in the Brisbane Times, 12 June 2014, revealed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his chief-of-staff, Peta Credlin, spent more than 2½ hours at Mr Murdoch’s apartment near Central Park in New York on Tuesday evening, 10 June. Read the rest of this entry »