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UK Government May Curb BBC Media Dominance

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James Waterson, City A.M.

THE BBC could see its powers curbed as part of a review of the rules on media plurality, the government announced yesterday.

Investigations into excessive dominance of the media market do not currently look at the role of the public broadcaster. But the review, unveiled by culture secretary Maria Miller, will consider changing this on the basis that BBC spends more on current affairs than all other UK broadcasters combined.

Existing media ownership rules – which aim to limit the dominance of one media group – still focus on measures such as newspaper sales while completely ignoring the popularity of news websites.

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