The regulation of Britain's media changed for good on Monday, as new communications watchdog Ofcom assumed full powers.

The launch of Ofcom marks the combination of five existing regulators -- the Radio Communications Agency, Oftel, the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Radio Authority and the Independent Television Commission -- into a single body responsible for the nation's media and telecoms sector.

In charge of the new regulator are chief executive Stephen Carter (formerly ceo of cable group NTL) and chairman Lord David Currie (whose background is academic economics).

Ofcom intends to issue its first annual plan on January 19. However, it has already embarked on a review of public service broadcasting and a major probe of competition in the telecoms industry.

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