In today's column, Polly Toynbee writes of:
the old media ownership laws that Margaret Thatcher discarded to allow Murdoch to acquire his hegemonic 40% of all newspaper readership
She also writes:
At the very least, this is the time to make the pathetic Press Complaints Commission a statutory body. Sir Christopher Meyer has not noticeably been in hot pursuit of the other 300 journalists identified by the information commissioner. His "self-regulation" means that in the past six months, out of 1,681 complaints, the commission only deemed 13 fit to be adjudicated - and only five were upheld.
The figures are here. They are not for the "past six months", of course, but rather for April to September. But more interesting is the implication should the PCC should have been adjudicating on more of the 1,681. Should it perhaps have pursued the 472 cases outside its remit (e.g. those relating to advertising material)? Should it have pursued the 592 cases were a complainant made an initial contact with the PCC and then failed to take their complaint any further? Should it perhaps have ignored the 291 instances where an offer of remedial action was made by the editor concerned?
Or would that just make it more difficult to distort the facts?
She also writes:
the BBC risks losing £1.6bn if it only gets a rise of inflation or below, despite bearing the whole cost of turning the country digital.
I look forward to finding out to whom in the BBC I should apply to get a refund for my digital set-top box. Or my digital radio. And doubtless the rapacious Mr Murdoch will be claiming back from the BBC the cost of BSkyB's investment in digital broadcasting equipment.