Full ownership of Sky will increase Rupert Murdoch’s power – Steven Barnett

4 03 2017

Now that Rupert Murdoch’s bid for complete control of Sky has been formally notified to the European Commission, the pressure is on the secretary of state, Karen Bradley, to decide whether it should be referred to the regulator Ofcom for independent investigation. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





The BBC White Paper is a recipe for long-term decline – Steve Barnett

15 05 2016

WhittingdaleWant a glimpse of the culture minister’s real agenda for the BBC? Just turn to pages 112-115 of the government’s White Paper and the commissioned questions asked by the polling agency. They are very revealing. Read the rest of this entry »





Future of BBC should not be left to this committee of MPs – Steven Barnett

28 02 2015

BBCWith the BBC’s Charter due to expire at the end of next year, and the coalition reluctant to start the consultation ball rolling so close to May’s general election, it was entirely appropriate that the Culture, Media and Sport select committee should produce its own report to influence the process. Read the rest of this entry »





Plurality Begins at Home: Policies for Invigorating Local Media – Steve Barnett

28 02 2014

Mock-up-of-a-local-paper-002While much of the headline debate on plurality tends to revolve around undue concentration at the national level – how to define it, how to measure it, how to prevent it – a growing local problem risks being ignored. Read the rest of this entry »