Television, Radio

The UK’s draft Communications Bill has now reached the House of Lords where peers are expected to table amendments to many of the provisions. The Bill is a massive piece of legislation reforming the regulation of telecommunications, broadcast television, radio and the newspapers. The Bill will also reform rules of ownership of the media as well as providing for a new regulatory infrastructure under the auspices of the ‘super-regulator’ – OFCOM. The Bill includes several controversial proposals including plans to open up ITV1 to foreign owners, allowing Independent Television News (ITN) to be owned by a single entity and provisions to regulate the BBC. The Bill also needs to include revisions to embrace four new EC directives for the telecommunications industry.