Editorial: Nothing responsible about Tory proposal

It's a safe bet that Conservative proposals to encourage broadcasters to produce socially responsible programming won't make the party's election manifesto. Who is to say what "socially responsible" programming is? What will happen to broadcasters deemed not to be delivering it?

Jeremy Hunt, the shadow culture secretary, suggests that those who toe the line would be subject to less regulation. Others might argue that this would be state control in another form. And how can you have one broadcaster subject to rules that don't apply to another?

Tossing up ideas to see if they'll fly is easy while in opposition. This one is truly a lead balloon.


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