'Harriet Harman: time to consider media ownership cap as low as 15%
Apparently:Shadow culture secretary to say that plurality ensures no private interest can set itself above public interest'
'A media ownership cap as low as 15% across newspapers, broadcasting companies and online sites must be considered to stop companies feeling they are "above the rule of law", according to Harriet Harman.
The most fascinating sentence in the whole report was this one:
The Labour frontbencher will call on her Tory counterpart Maria Miller to set up crossparty talks to help push reforms through.
Labour last year proposed a possible 30% limit on ownership within the newspaper industry but suggests that could sit alongside a 15% cap across the media as whole, including "any medium of communication that stands between a creator of content and an audience".'
'News International held 37% of the newspaper market until the closure of the News of the World.'Now can you think of a media organisation that holds an even larger market share in the area of reporting the news?
Guido Fawkes has today this useful graphic to illustrate the BBC's dominance in news dissemination:
But two years ago Conservative Home produced a more in depth report that included these eye-opening graphs based on OfCom figures:
First one that shows where people get their news from
Now a graph that shows how the BBC dominates the TV news sector. Its share of TV news is more than ten times as big as Sky News.
And finally the share of internet news:
Taken together these graphs show that there is indeed a dominant player in the UK news market but that it's not News International, it's the BBC.
So did Harriet Harman men to include the BBC in her 15% media ownership cap and if not, why not? Maybe because the BBC is in tune with Harriet Harman and Labour on so many issues and thus plays a large role in increasing the Labour vote.
As of Friday evening I can find no mention on the BBC website of Harriet Harman's proposals. This is odd as the BBC are normally totally obsessed by media matters. Why on earth would they be ignoring this story? It's a total mystery!