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Media Plurality and Competition Assessment on ICT

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Media ownership leading to monopoly has always been an issue in U. K. Anyone through his companies covering a large portion of print and broadcasting media becomes an issue for the public and politicians. Such a person taking a deep interest in nation’ s politics and tries to influence the elections becomes a point of great debate and controversy. Media ownership leading to monopoly has always been an issue in U. K. Anyone through his companies covering a large portion of print and broadcasting media becomes an issue for the public and politicians.

Such a person taking a deep interest in nation’ s politics and tries to influence the elections becomes a point of great debate and controversy. It should not be forgotten that 30 years ago, Murdoch took over ‘ The Times’ and ‘ Sunday Times’ newspapers during Margaret Thatcher’ s government without the matter at that time being referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) even though he did own during the time the other print publications such as ‘ The News of the World’ and ‘ The Sun. ’ Then, the Secretary of State for Trade, John Biffen had taken the stand that said newspapers were about to down the shutters and if the matter had been referred to the MMC,   in all probability those papers could have closed the shutters permanently because of the likely delay in taking the decision in such matters.   In 1990, the things repeated, when Sky TV got merged with the British Satellite Broadcasting without being referred to MMC.

The reason forwarded was the same that if the merger were not permitted, both the entities would have closed down the operations. It should be kept in mind that BSB got the license in the past from an Independent Broadcasting Authority and even then a merger was officially permitted without any formal investigation.   It would be pertinent to look at some of the developments that took place in the recent past. On the advice of Office of Fair Trading, the Department of Trade and Industry conducted a full competition inquiry when BSkyB offered to purchase a 17.9 percent stake in ITV.

On its finding, the competition commission directed BSkyB to reduce the shareholding. • Virgin and BT filed complaints against BSkyB for their dominant position in the pay-TV market stating that it is harming former's interest and on that Investigations were ordered by the authority.

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  • Pages: 6 (1500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Technology
  • Level: Undergraduate
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