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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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The Regulatory Framework Before and After the Communications Act 2003

The Regulatory Framework Before and After the Communications Act 2003

(p.126) 4 The Regulatory Framework Before and After the Communications Act 2003
Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law

Mike Feintuck

Mike Varney

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter offers a brief overview of the historical legal framework for regulation prior to the Communications Act 2003 before going on to identify the key reforms and to consider their impact on power and accountability in the regulatory regime and some significant developments since. The emphasis is on regulatory design, the location of regulatory power, and accountability in its exercise. The overall objective is to consider whether the Communications Act 2003 in general represents any significant advance on what went before.

Keywords:   media regulation, Communications Act 2003, legal framework, regulatory design, regulatory reform, regulatory power, accountability

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