Joint Committee on The Draft Communications Bill Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 878-879)

MR ROGER GILBERT, DR MIKE STEWART AND MR HARVEY KASS

THURSDAY 4 JULY 2002

Chairman

  878. You have extensive cross-media holdings. Are there genuine economic and editorial benefits from cross-media ownership and, in that context, do you think that the general liberalising trend of the cross-media proposals of the Government will bring discernible economic gains as well as a richer and more plural media environment?
  (Mr Gilbert) We do have extensive cross-media holdings. The main area, of course, apart from our newspapers, is that we have Teletext, which is a public service broadcaster. It is as yet unproven as to the benefits that come from using different media together, but of course, we seek to do that because we believe there will be economic benefits and gains, particularly in the smaller media, where the investment, in particular in radio, is at a lower level than has been possible with other media which have more financial strength in their own right.

  879. Do you have any observations on the long-term benefits of changes?
  (Mr Gilbert) No.


 
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