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In Search of the Public Interest

Mike Feintuck and Mike Varney

in Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748621668
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621668.003.0003
In Search of the Public Interest

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This chapter seeks to identify a meaningful, overarching rationale for regulation of the media, to clarify — or replace — what has been the nearest thing as yet to serve as a guiding principle, the concept of ‘the public interest’. It discusses competition law and the public interest in media regulation; the seductive charms of choice; resolving the tensions between competing rationales; citizenship as the public interest; the Communications Act 2003 and the ‘public interest’; and citizenship, the public interest, and the media.

Keywords: media regulation; public interest; competition law; citizenship; Communications Act 2003; media

Chapter.  22097 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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