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Enter the Grecian Horse? Regulation of Foreign Ownership of the Media in the UK

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This article reviews national media ownership regulation in the UK. It places the UK's regime in an international context, showing it to be less onerous than some comparable countries and more onerous than others, and in a historical context, examining the changing configuration of UK media ownership and regulation. It assesses the economic and cultural effects of UK national media ownership regulation and identifies differences in and between some recent UK government policy documents on this subject (including the Draft Communications Bill of 2002). The article identifies national ownership regulation as applying only in the broadcasting sector and this sector is compared with others, notably film, newspapers and telecommunications. The dominant theme in UK government policy is identified as one of removal of national ownership regulation and, should government and parliament choose to frame the Communications Bill accordingly, an alternative method of promoting national cultural and economic goals in the broadcasting sector is identified.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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