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ITC BACKS MOVE FOR A SINGLE INDUSTRY REGULATOR

News, 14 July 2000


In its submission to the government's White Paper on the future of broadcast and communications regulation, the Independent Television Commission has come out in support of a move that would bring the BBC alongside the telecommunications industry and commercial broadcasting companies within the ambit of a single regulator.

Other advocates for a single watchdog are the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers.

The ITC posits two models for reform: (1) An immediate merger of the ITC, the Broadcasting Standards Commission and Oftel, into a single broadcasting and telecommunications regulator; or (2) a two-phase plan moving towards the creation of a single regulator when analogue and digital broadcasting systems finally converge. It is thought unlikely this would happen before 2010.

News Source: CampaignLive (UK)