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Ofcom, regulation and reform

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During the 1980s the Labour Party had opposed the dominance of purely commercial values in the media, defended public service broadcasting, challenged growing concentration of media ownership and called for measures to support a greater diversity of media outlets. A joint select committee of the Lords and Commons, chaired by Lord Puttnam, helped to temper some of the pro-market deregulatory thrust of the bill, and laid the groundwork for significant concessions, such as the 'public interest' test to be applied to newspaper takeovers and certain other media mergers.

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