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Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law$
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Mike Feintuck and Mike Varney

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621668

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621668.001.0001

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In Search of the Public Interest

In Search of the Public Interest

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Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law

Mike Feintuck

Mike Varney

Edinburgh University Press

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

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