Examination of Witnesses (Questions 878-879)|
THURSDAY 4 JULY 2002
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.