Thursday, 29 January 2009

'Don't rush to relax media ownership laws': NUJ

The NUJ has taken the opposite view to Trinity Mirror chief Sly Bailey and called on the Government not to rush to relax media ownership laws.
In a complete contrast to Bailey's claim that "time is running out" for the regional press (see post below), the NUJ's response to today's interim Digital Britain report is cautious on the proposed review of media ownership and merger rules by the Office of Fair Trading and Ofcom.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “Whilst on the one hand the government talks about the importance of plurality in the media, on the other it is considering a relaxation of the very rules that protect it.
“Politicians must take care not to allow policy to be dictated by media owners who have shown scant interest in investing in the editorial resources needed for quality journalism."

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