UK regulator recommends no change to media ownership rules | News | Rapid TV News
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The UK media ownership rules, which famously scuppered News Corp’s plans to wholly own the then BskyB, have been maintained by the country’s broadcast regulator Ofcom.

In making its ruling, Ofcom noted that it has a duty to periodically review the media ownership rules put in place by Parliament. These rules are intended to ensure that the media operates in the public interest, in part by promoting plurality and preventing undue influence by any one media owner.

In addition to the aforementioned BSkyB case, the media ownership rules could prevent another large newspaper group from owning a Channel 3 licence, or becoming Channel 3’s appointed news provider; require regional Channel 3 licensees to appoint a single news provider; and, under certain conditions, allow the Secretary of State to intervene in a proposed media merger in relation to a public interest consideration.

Even though it is not recommending changes to the current media ownership rules, Ofcom said that it recognised that the pattern of news consumption and the diversity of available news sources continue to change. Therefore, it has decided to carry out the next review of the media ownership rules in 18 months’ time.