I accept it would be wrong to try and regulate the internet, whether or not you can, you know the
Chinese government would probably say you can, but I don’t agree with that in a free society. I don’tthink that means we can’t do more to protect minors from undesirable content and help parents
control what is se
en by their children but I don’t believe there is nothing we can do about piracy
But it’s not amenable to what we’ve become used to traditional TV regulation?
In terms of media ownership, because the other thing of course is that the newspapers are losingmoney, the new media space, the digital space that the more successful ones are finding their way
into, that’s going to bring about waves of corporate activity
consolidation and so on, so on and soon. And so traditional media ownership rules, and remember of course Murdoch, News International
and all of that, are widely saying that what’s needed is new ownership rules which make it harder for
organisations to combine. That does rather cut against the direction that the businesses would takeit. What is your view of that?39.49
Having plurality of media ownership is incredibly important for our democracy, it’s really important
that no one person or no organisation is able to exert undue control over the filters that we here the
news every day and in a free society it’s very impor
tant that we have a proper plurality of voices.
Do you think Murdoch had too much?
Well I think what we found was that the structures we had to maintain that plurality were not fit forpurpose, because we had a series of structures that I for example asked why it was that in the 2003Enterprise Act you removed from politicians the ability to arbitrate on big business mergers, becausewe were worried presumably that politicians might be knobbled by big businesses if they weredeciding about an issue like whether BAA should be split up for example, we decided that it wasbetter for that to be decided by an independent regulator. But curiously we left decisions about bigmedia mergers when it came to plurality with politicians and you know that was why I found myself in a position where there was probably not a single person in the whole country who trusted my