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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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Conclusions: Protecting Democratic Values

Conclusions: Protecting Democratic Values

(p.244) 7 Conclusions: Protecting Democratic Values
Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law

Mike Feintuck

Mike Varney

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter argues that while the media cannot be insulated from technological and commercial change, with good management it should be possible to maintain, in a modernised and sustainable form, those aspects of it that are most highly valued. The key task now facing would-be institutional architects is to design new institutional structures that hold back the tide in places and rise through the waves in others. The key to success in this respect is building upon foundations sufficiently deep and strong to support a structure in the turbulent waters above. In this context, it may be that the law and its constitutional basis in democracy offer a solid base upon which to build; it may be far from perfect, but may be the best available option, or indeed, in effect, ‘the only game in town’.

Keywords:   UK, media regulation, technological change, commercial change, media, democracy

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