Competition policy and regulatory style - Issues for OFCOM

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Purpose - To examine whether OFCOM's Public Service Broadcasting Review has responded adequately to the contestable values entailed in this dimension of media policy. Design/methodology/approach - Analysis of OF COM's premises and reasoning, in particular its use of competition language, to test the implications for its statutory requirement to maintain and strengthen public service broadcasting. Findings - OFCOM adopts a utilitarian approach when discussing normative issues relating to culture and media values. This is inappropriate in itself, but also reflects a desire to narrow the scope of its remit. Originality/value - The paper challenges the current regulatory style of OFCOM and points to problems that need to be rectified for its legislative mandate properly to be fulfilled. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-51
Number of pages9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Competitive strategy
  • Information media
  • Policy
  • Regulation


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