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Regulating the BBC

Cave, Martin; Collins, Richard and Crowther, Peter (2004). Regulating the BBC. Telecommunications Policy, 28(3-4) pp. 249–272.

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The BBC is active in an increasing number of markets. In some cases the BBC enters the market using licence fee income; in others its commercial operations have linkages with licence-fee activities—for example, by provision of resources for programme making, joint funding of programmes, trailing of commercial products, and so on. These situations raise serious competition issues. The authors conclude that theory and evidence suggest exceptional risks that anticompetitive practices by the BBC will discourage private sector initiative and investment in broadcasting and related markets and recommend strengthened ex ante regulation of the BBC by OFCOM.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0308-5961
Keywords: BBC; communications; competition; regulation; ex ante; policy; OFCOM
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 4503
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:51
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