Mike Feintuck, Mike Varney's Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law (Second PDF

By Mike Feintuck, Mike Varney

ISBN-10: 0748621660

ISBN-13: 9780748621668

ISBN-10: 0748627154

ISBN-13: 9780748627158

This considerably revised variation indicates how the elevated commercialization and privatization of British broadcast media poses a basic possibility to "the public curiosity" as pressures of remodel conventional techniques of public provider.

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Again, and this will be returned to in Chapter 3, it is necessary to consider more generally the relationship between the various concepts of competition which inform the competition law perspective, and the paradigmatically different vision incorporated in certain constructs of ‘public interest’. The forthcoming rolling programme of switching from analogue broadcasting to digital has raised questions that will remain relevant whatever form the new market takes in the future. Limited attempts to restrict the anti-competitive potential of control of technological gateways in the distribution infrastructure can be found in European and British regulatory responses discussed later; however, as will be seen, it is possible that such attempts to limit power in relation to such bottlenecks (Nolan 1997; Helberger 2002; E.

Such a situation, though perhaps appearing or being presented as a matter of technological and commercial determinism, must also properly be seen as embodying a significant degree of political choice. The potential for privatising the BBC, the archetypal public service broadcaster, was actively considered by the Conservative administrations of the 1980s, alongside the privatisation of other utilities such as gas, electricity, water and telecommunications (see Chapter 5). While the evidence of some of these privatisations suggests that benefits may have accrued to citizens (at least in their limited capacity as consumers) as regards extended choice, reduced costs and even improved quality of service provision, there seems every chance that no such benefits would accrue from a wholly privatised broadcasting system, at least unless substantial and effective regulation were to accompany such a reform.

More typical than near or actual monopoly in media markets is a condition of oligopoly. In the US, as charted by Bagdikian (2004), the entire media market in television, movies, newspapers and magazines has fallen increasingly into the hands of a small number of corporate giants. While Regulating the Revolution 21 such developments in themselves pose significant challenges for national regulators, for whom ensuring diversity of ownership has conventionally been an objective, a more fundamental problem has become increasingly apparent.

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