Media Regulation, Public Interest, and the Law

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Edinburgh University Press, 1999 - Law - 230 pages
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Regulation of the media has traditionally been premised upon claims of "the public interest," a term that remains contested and ill-defined. In the context of ongoing trends of technological development, convergence, and corporate conglomeration, traditional "public service" values in British broadcasting are challenged by market values, and regualtors must, increasingly, justify their interventions. The commercialization and privatization of the communication industries poses a fundamental threat to democratic values. This book argues that regulators will only successfully protect such values if "citizenship" is recognized as the rationale and objective for the regulatory endeavour. Mike Feintuck fully considers the actual and potential utility of legal mechanisms in the design and implementation of regulatory institutions.

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