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AMENDMENT
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE
[Supplementary to the Seventh Marshalled List]


 

Before Clause 340

 

THE LORD PUTTNAM
THE LORD CRICKHOWELL
THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD HUSSEY OF NORTH BRADLEY
[In substitution for amendment 280 printed on sheet HL Bill 41-VII]

280A*Insert the following new Clause—
  "Media plurality public interest consideration
(1)  Section 58 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (c. 40) (specified considerations) shall be amended as follows.
(2)  After subsection (2) there shall be inserted—
    "(2C)  The public interest in—
    (a)  the maintenance of a range of media owners and voices sufficient to satisfy a variety of tastes and interests;
    (b)  the promotion and maintenance of a plurality of broadcast media owners, each of whom demonstrates a commitment to the impartial presentation of news and factual broadcast programming; and
    (c)  the promotion and maintenance, in all media including newspapers, of a balanced and accurate presentation of news, the free expression of opinion and a clear differentiation between the two;
     is specified in this section."
(3)  In subsection (3), after the words "any consideration", there shall be inserted "(other than the consideration specified in subsection (2C))"."

 
 
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