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This seminar brought out the latest thinking on the impact of convergence on media plurality in the UK. It took place in the context of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport open consultation Media Ownership and Plurality, the Media plurality inquiry by the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications and the European Commission Green Paper, Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values.
The conference brought together key policymakers in the UK and Europe with media, internet and telecoms businesses; content owners and creators; those advising the sectors on legal, strategic and technical matters; consumer and citizen groups; academics and commentators; and other interested parties. Delegates discussed options to quantify market power in the age of multiplatform delivery and cross media ownership, the impact of 'digital intermediaries' - such as search engines and social media - on consumer access to content, as well as the emerging regulatory and policy challenges in the UK and Europe to ensure effective competition in the sector.