Communications Committee - First Report
Media Plurality

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 21 January 2014.


Terms of Reference


Chapter 1: Introduction—the case for a media plurality policy

What is media plurality?

The case for a plurality policy


Chapter 2: Scope



Publicly-funded media

Media Channels

The Lifecycle of News

The value chain

Chapter 3: Approach

Figure1: Approaches

Conceptual Shift (Positive Intervention)

No Intervention



Ofcom's Proposal

Box 1: What is a metric?

Chapter 4: Decision

The Secretary of State

The Regulator (Ofcom)

A hybrid

A plurality commission

Chapter 5: Our proposal on media plurality policy


The periodic plurality review

Box 2: Recap of conclusions from chapter 2 on scope

The transactional review

The 'Kent Messenger Group scenario'

Box 3: The relevance of the Kent Messenger Group case

Figure 2: Transactional Review

Other features of the 'plurality landscape'

Chapter 6: Summary of recommendations

Appendix 1: Select Committee on Communications

Appendix 2: List of Witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for Evidence

Appendix 4: Current legal and regulatory context of media plurality

Box 4: A summary of the current legal and regulatory context of media plurality from Ofcom's advice to the Secretary of State

Evidence is published online at and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7219 5314)

References in footnotes to the Report are as follows:

Q refers to a question in oral evidence

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