The Newspaper Society has reacted to yesterday's announcement by new Culture and Media secretary Jeremy Hunt that Ofcom is to review local press cross-media ownership rules by calling for them all to be dropped.
NS communications director Lynne Anderson said today: “The NS has long campaigned for the liberation of cross media ownership rules at a local level. We believe that all local cross-media ownership rules, including the media public interest test, should be removed completely."
She added: “Confirmation that the Government will not be going ahead with independently funded news consortia pilots for regional TV news will be a disappointment for a number of regional newspaper groups. Trinity Mirror has already commented that local city TV is not regarded as a commercially viable proposition.”