The Labour Party is set to throw its weight behind the Mirror Group
Newspapers campaign to become a major player in terrestrial TV.
Under the proposed Broadcasting Bill, newspaper groups with more than a
20 per cent share of the national newspaper market would be barred from
owning more than 15 per cent of the total TV audience.
Mirror Group currently controls about 23 per cent of the newspaper
market, but it has been lobbying MPs furiously in a bid to raise the
threshold to 25 per cent, enabling it to pursue its terrestrial TV
The Mirror Group chief executive, David Montgomery, said last week that
he saw ‘synergies in TV and newspaper companies coming together’,
fuelling speculation about a possible tie-up with Carlton
Labour seems to have been won over by Mirror Group’s arguments that, as
an anti-Government media owner, it is being discriminated against by the
Government. An official in the office of the Shadow Broadcasting
Spokesperson, Lewis Mooney, told Campaign: ‘Mirror Group has put a very
strong case to us. We do believe it has been discriminated against, as
it is the only newspaper group not allowed to expand into TV.’
He said that the Labour Lords had been considering tabling an amendment
to the Broadcasting Bill’s passage through the upper house.