Sunday, 9th February 2014
UK: Media Plurality
Source: House of Lords Select Committee on Communications (UK)
Media plurality is not a goal in itself but a means to an end. That end is generally conceived in terms of UK democratic life; if there is sufficient media plurality, we can expect that citizens have the opportunity to be informed through access to a diversity of viewpoints, and that media owners do not have too much influence over the political process.
Issues surrounding media plurality have come under the policy spotlight during the present Parliament, prompted by concerns raised about the proposed (and then dropped) acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation; Ofcom’s report on Measuring Media Plurality; the Leveson report; the report by the European Commission’s High Level Group on Media Freedom & Pluralism; and most recently the Government’s own consultation on media ownership and plurality. Together these have raised a number of ways in which the policy and regulatory framework currently surrounding plurality needs updating.
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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
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