Jeremy Corbyn: Labour developing plan to break up big media groups


Suppose the Tories go through with their plan to cripple the BBC, allowing right-wing commercial concerns to fill the gap – and then a Labour Government is elected into office and enacts this policy.

That would really sprinkle a certain unsavoury substance on Mr Murdoch’s chips, wouldn’t it?

…And I don’t mean vinegar.

The Labour party is developing policies to break up the UK’s largest media companies, according to leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In an interview in Monday’s Morning Star, Corbyn said the party also wanted to promote co-operative ownership models for the media.

“We are developing a media policy which would be about breaking up single ownership of too many sources of information, so that we have a multiplicity of sources,” he said.

“And actually promoting co-operative ownership and access, including local TV and radio stations and newspapers like the Morning Star.”

The last Labour manifesto under Ed Miliband included a commitment to “protect media plurality” and update rules for a 21st century media environment. However, it stopped short of proposing caps on media ownership or threatening to break up any of the UK’s largest media businesses.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn: Labour developing plan to break up big media groups | Media | The Guardian

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7 thoughts on “Jeremy Corbyn: Labour developing plan to break up big media groups

  1. AndyH

    No wonder Murdoch, Harmsworth, the Barclays and Desmond have been against Labour since 2008. Blair was the last labour leader they supported. The sooner we break up the media monopolies the better. I for one support all the positive alternatives I can find and boycott the oligarches. Keep up the great work Mike!

  2. Neilth

    Wow that’s going to get those media barons onside. It’s the right thing to do but perhaps we shouldn’t tell them?

  3. roybeiley

    As much as I agree that there should be more pluarity in media ownership, is it a feasible proposition? How could Murdochs dominance be reigned in? Are there any examples of this being achieved elsewhere other than in dictatorship countries where the media is State owned?

    1. Neilth

      As opposed to a capitalist dictatorship where most of the media is owned by a small, extreme right wing cabal you mean.

  4. Terry Davies

    an excellent and much needed idea to marginalise murdoch’s and Cameron’s right wing ideas.
    here is further thinking. what about a charge to all media and a burden of proof to state their intention is to contribute to the culture of the UK, rather than indoctrinate its people. This impartiality document to be signed by all executives and consultants.

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