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Media Power and Plurality: from hyperlocals to high-level policy




nullPolicymakers 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, will explore 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, will look at UK and European policy, options for local and hyperlocal initiatives, and the potential for "charitable journalism".

This conference is 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 London (Room A130, College Building).



8.45 - Registration

9.15 - Opening remarks

9.30 - Keynote

10am - Panel 1 - Priorities for national policy

11.30 - Coffee

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

1pm - Lunch

2pm - Panel 3 - Local media plurality: is it all doom and gloom?

3.30 - Tea

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

5.15 - Close / thanks

Photo credit: Jason Howie on Flickr

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9.00am - 5.00pmFriday 2nd May 2014

A130 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism

City University London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7040 8457

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