Media Control and ownership Policy Background Paper No.3

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This paper examines the issue of media diversity in today’s digital environment. People can access many views, including news and opinion, without any one media owner or controller exercising too much influence.

There is debate about the extent and form of regulations to support diversity in an environment where online services are rapidly changing the way in which news content is produced, distributed and consumed.  This paper seeks to further that discussion. It examines the current media diversity and control rules, their practical workings, and how they fit into a broader regulatory setting.