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Would a 100% Murdoch-owned BSkyB be in the public interest?

15 November 2010

If you share BECTU's concerns about the impact on UK media of a BSkyB 100% owned by Rupert Murdoch you need to speak up now.

Industry regulator, Ofcom, has invited views on the fundamental public interest question following a request from business secretary Vince Cable. The closing date for contributions is this coming Friday 19 November.

Having your say is easy: sign the online petition posted by 38 Degrees.

Ofcom is charged with preparing a report by the end of December 2010. In a statement issued on 5 November, the regulator said:

"In considering the public interest, Ofcom will have particular regard to the significance attached by Parliament to sufficient media plurality. And in undertaking an initial investigation of the Public Interest Test Ofcom will specifically consider:

  • Content types
  • Audiences
  • Media platforms
  • Control of media enterprises
  • Future developments in the media landscape

Ofcom is also seeking views about the potential future impact of the proposed acquisition on the sufficient plurality of persons with control of the media enterprise and on potential remedies or mitigations to any public interest concerns identified by interested parties."

Ofcom's Invitation to Comment document in full

Ofcom response form.