Media Plurality

24 November 2011

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee launched an inquiry into media plurality on 24 November. This inquiry is currently on hold.


The Committee invited written submissions and requested views on the following issues:

  • what degree of plurality is desirable for UK media
  • how media plurality should be defined, measured and monitored and by whom
  • whether and how the impact of the BBC should be taken into account when assessing media plurality
  • whether current regulations adequately reflect the cross-media landscape including online platforms
  • what could trigger a review of media plurality, and who should conduct that
  • what impact current media ownership rules have had on local and regional media organisations
  • whether there are sufficient safeguards to the editorial independence of news and current affairs coverage
  • the extent to which requirements for accuracy and impartiality in broadcast news serves to protect or inhibit plurality
  • which principal factors are driving market dominance and the concentration of ownership in print, broadcast and online media

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