With so much focus on Rupert Murdoch’s local newspaper and TV empire, media plurality is a hot-button topic in the UK these days. In a report commissioned by embattled Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt – before he himself became a hot-button topic – Ofcom today said the government should be involved in creating a framework to measure media plurality. But it stopped short of suggesting “absolute limits” on news market share. That’s important because politicians have recently called for Murdoch to be forced to sell The Times or The Sun newspapers based on his 34% grip on the playing field. Ofcom did say, however, that it believes that no organization should hold “too large” a market share. The regulator also suggested that because of its leading position in TV, radio and online news, the BBC should be included in any future plurality review. Given their disdain for the Beeb, that last point should please the Murdochs. The full report is here.
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