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  1. Media Power and Plurality
Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism

Media Power and Plurality

Resources and discussion from a conference on Friday 2 May 2014, organised by the University of Westminster's Media Power and Plurality research project and hosted by the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City, University of London.

Background

Policymakers throughout the world recognise the need to protect a diversity of voices and views in a democracy, but what does media plurality require in practice? How do you legislate to prevent undue concentration of media power? What interventions are needed to help new players flourish? How do you reconcile sustainable media businesses and a sufficiency of voices? How should policy approaches differ at national, regional and local level? The government's consultation last year focused on media measurement, but there are far broader policy issues at stake and possible lessons to be learned from other countries. This conference, in the wake of recommendations from the Leveson Inquiry and from the House of Lords Communications Committee, explored UK policy on media ownership and diversity, as well as possible manifesto commitments in the forthcoming general election. Other panels, featuring a range of leading academic, industry and policy practitioners, looked at UK and European policy, options for local and hyperlocal initiatives, and the potential for "charitable journalism".

Materials

Discussion

Programme

Opening remarks

Keynote

Panel 1 - Priorities for national policy

Panel 2 - Subsidies, non-profits and charity: ideas for regeneration

  • Chair: Professor Eric Barendt, University College London
  • Mandy Cormack, Non-executive Director, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
  • Isabel Hilton, Founder and Editor, China Dialogue
  • Tom Murdoch, Senior Associate, Charity & Social Enterprise Team, Stone King

Panel 3 - Local media plurality: is it all doom and gloom?

Panel 4 - What can the UK learn from other countries?

  • Chair: Professor Petros Iosifidis, City, University of London
  • Dr Benedetta Brevini, Lecturer in Communication and Media, University of Sydney and City, University of London
  • Professor Peter Humphreys, University of Manchester
  • Professor Philip M. Napoli, Professor of Journalism & Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University
  • Mark Thompson, Open Society Foundations