UK - Masterplan for the media

(Guardian) The government's eagerly awaited shake-up of media ownership was finally revealed after months of consultation with the industry, consumers and regulators. The communications bill sets out a blueprint for the future of the media sector, which will overseen by a new super-regulator - the office of communications. As an amalgamation of five bodies, Ofcom will have an unprecedented range of powers and be given the task of regulating broadcasting and telephony's three great powers: the BBC, BT and BSkyB. see also UK - Labour urged to clip BBC's wings (Guardian ). The government is facing parliamentary pressure to bring the BBC fully under the control of the new media regulator, Ofcom, as it published wide-ranging new legislation for the broadcasting industry. 24 November 2002

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