Daniel Finkelstein reflects on the state of Britain’s media
It was, Ed Miliband said, wrong that one company, News International, could control such a large proportion of newspaper sales. This allows the company to dominate political discourse.
But most people get their news from the internet or Television. In 2009, the BBC had a 70% market share of the TV news market and BBC.co.uk was the most popular news website. The BBC is the true master of the news market, not Rupert Murdoch.
The BBC is good, but competition will make it better. The BBC needs a real rival (albeit one policed enough to prevent another moral crisis) to truly thrive.
Danny Finkelstein is an expert speaker on politics and government. He is the Executive Editor of The Times, Chairman of Policy Exchange and is a regular speaker on Newsnight.