Ofcom has widened a regulatory investigation scrutinising whether BSkyB - under the chairmanship of James Murdoch - passes the so-called "fit and proper" test (PDF) to hold a British broadcasting licence. A Freedom of Information request sought by the Financial Times revealed that the communications watchdog had begun a deeper …
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Before Ofcom can decide whether a given individual is "fit and proper" to own and control a large chunk of british television, don't we need to have had some sort of public debate about what sort of television we want in this country?
(Preferably NOT a debate that is instigated, lead, defined and controlled by the same guy's newspaper empire)
Reserve the right
That's all you have to say to not obey rules? Excellent. I therefore reserve the right to loot my local Comet in actions which would otherwise be restricted by penal code 113 section 9. Touch me now you filthy pigs! *legs it*
Probe and probe hard!
Any whilst their eyes are still watering, get someone to hack their phones.
Danger, incoming lawsuit!!
investigating dodgy dealings of a multinational using it's market standing to corrupt the very fabric of society....
methinks someone at ofcom has a sense of humour
And the bureaucrats say
"Jolly good - we'll look into this."
Kicking BSkyB out of the UK would be momentous. But as Ofcom are well known for being *diplomatic* with larger corporates, Darth Murdoch needn't lose any sleep just yet.
At least not without a nod from higher up. (And how likely is that, given that Cameron employed Coulson to do PR for No 10 and went riding with Brooksy on a police horse?)
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