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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Digital Britain according to Stephen Carter

According to the FT, he appears to be recognising that we'll be innovation-takers not givers:

Draft report’s main points

● A new broadcasting “entity” to replace Channel 4 using public and private assets as well as those of the existing broadcaster

● Long-term solution for provision of national, regional and local news

● Expanded role for BBC’s commercial arm, Worldwide, to act as UK rights marketing company for other broadcasters

● Legislation and formation of a rights agency to combat internet piracy

● Restructuring of digital radio networks and greater flexibility on mergers

● An OFT review of possible relaxation in competition law for regional press and radio

● A review of terms of trade between broadcasters and independent television producers

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