Media pluralism: The European Union’s pursuit of evidence and policy
This presentation addresses the policy issues and developments surrounding the European Parliament’s concerns about constraints on information and ideas. These have pushed the European Commission to seek evidence about the state pluralism in Europe and consider whether European-wide policy can effectively address the concerns. National apprehensions are also leading some member states to reconsider how they domestically address pluralism, most recently provoking a UK House of Lords inquiry and review by the national communication regulator Ofcom.
Bio: Prof. Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A specialist in media economics and policy, he has consulted and carried out assignments for governments in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and for international organisations including the European Commission, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He has worked with the European Commission on issues of media pluralism for two decades and testified to the UK House of Lords inquiry on media pluralism in 2013-14.