LORDS

Lords to interrogate Alan Rusbridger's plurality reforms

09 July 2013

On Tuesday 9 July, the House of Lords Communications Committee will get to grips with a suite of proposals for reform to the media plurality rules, put forward by Alan Rusbridger and the Guardian Media Group.

Witnesses

At 3.30 pm, from the Guardian Media Group:

  • Mr Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian and The Observer
  • Mr Andrew Miller, Chief Executive
  • Ms Sarah Davis, Commercial Legal Director

The Guardian Media Group formed part of the Alliance of media organisations which took a critical view of the proposed acquisition of the remaining shares in BSkyB by News Corp.

They have developed a set of reforms to the media plurality rules which they argue would have helped avert the concerns they had at the time.

The Committee will put questions to them on these recommendations, ranging from new powers of discretion for Ofcom to investigate and intervene, a reformed public interest test and transparent procedures around the Secretary of State’s ‘quasi-judicial’ final decision to act.

The evidence session will take place on Tuesday 9 July at 3.30 pm in Committee Room 2, House of Lords.

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