38 Degrees is so befuddled by its hatred of Rupert Murdoch it has totally lost any objectivity. 38 Degrees has set up a page to allow it zombie army to bombard Ofcom’s consultation with pre-prepared answers. 38 Degrees’ suggested wording is:
Re- consultation on measuring media plurality
I am calling for:
-no single person or corporation to be able to own more than 20% of the UK's newspapers, radio and TV stations
-details of any meetings between media corporations, government bodies and politicians to be made public
Please note that the BBC is a public institution and should not be treated in the same way as commercial broadcasters.
Hilariously 38 Degrees suggests a 20% rule but wants the BBC to be treated as a special case.
The BBC’s mullti-channel domination of news is truly awesome. Just so you know the numbers look at this Ofcom paper. TV has a 73% share of where people get their news from and the BBC owns a 70% share of that.
In addition to the 70% share of TV, the BBC has a 54% share of radio news and 40% share of page views of the top 50 news websites. Sky only has a 6% share of TV news. NI is big in papers, about 35%, but radio and online are almost as big as the newspaper segment. The BBC has a bigger share of radio and online than NI has of newspapers and the BBC’s share of TV news is double NI share of newspapers and a 12 times bigger share than Sky of the TV segment. The real news media plurality story in this country is the vast preponderance of the BBC.
If you want to make a real contribution to the consultation follow this link.
I told Ofcom:
The BBC as a corporate body should be treated identically to any other corporate body.