News Corp urges Ofcom to not ignore BBC in media plurality review | Media | guardian.co.uk
Any review of media dominance in the UK could not ignore the position of the BBC in broadcasting and online, according to a submission filed by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation with media regulator Ofcom and published on Thursday.
News Corp, the owner of the Sun and the Times and the largest BSkyB shareholder with a 39.1% stake, said the BBC is “the largest provider, by any measure, of news on TV, over the radio and over the internet” and said the regulator could not simply set that aside.
Its submission added: “It is therefore difficult to imagine that any cross-media market share test that would be adopted would not already be triggered by the BBC’s news provision.”
News Corp did not attempt to make a detailed measurement the BBC’s share of UK media or its share of news provision, but research compiled by Enders Research on behalf of Associated Newspapers said the BBC accounted for 47% of the minutes of news consumed each day.
However, News Corp is the leading newspaper group, with its three titles accounting for more than one in three of all copies sold in the UK – and last year was trying to buy BSkyB outright, the largest broadcaster as measured by turnover.