You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Puttnam devises alternative plan

World Brief

Filmmaker David Puttnam, who opposes relaxing U.K. media ownership rules, proposed Tuesday night a “public interest” amendment to the Communications Bill.

Currently, the bill allows non-EU companies to buy commercial broadcasters ITV or Five and lifts the ban on newspaper proprietors owning channels. That would open the market to Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., which owns four U.K. newspapers.

Under the Puttnam plan, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell could refer controversial takeover plans to new super regulator Ofcom and to the office of fair trading.

The House of Lords, the government’s upper chamber, is expected to vote on the key issues of the bill before the end of June.

More TV

  • Disney Channel logo

    TV News Roundup: Disney Channel Announces 'Coop & Cami' Premiere Date

    Filmmaker David Puttnam, who opposes relaxing U.K. media ownership rules, proposed Tuesday night a “public interest” amendment to the Communications Bill. Currently, the bill allows non-EU companies to buy commercial broadcasters ITV or Five and lifts the ban on newspaper proprietors owning channels. That would open the market to Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., which owns […]

  • Star Wars Resistance Trailer

    'Star Wars Resistance': Disney Drops Trailer for 'The Force Awakens' Prequel Series

    Filmmaker David Puttnam, who opposes relaxing U.K. media ownership rules, proposed Tuesday night a “public interest” amendment to the Communications Bill. Currently, the bill allows non-EU companies to buy commercial broadcasters ITV or Five and lifts the ban on newspaper proprietors owning channels. That would open the market to Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., which owns […]

  • Michelle Wolf Joel McHale

    Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale Talk Shows Canceled by Netflix

    Filmmaker David Puttnam, who opposes relaxing U.K. media ownership rules, proposed Tuesday night a “public interest” amendment to the Communications Bill. Currently, the bill allows non-EU companies to buy commercial broadcasters ITV or Five and lifts the ban on newspaper proprietors owning channels. That would open the market to Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., which owns […]

  • Jeremy Corbyn Brexit

    British Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn to Deliver Edinburgh TV Festival Lecture

    Filmmaker David Puttnam, who opposes relaxing U.K. media ownership rules, proposed Tuesday night a “public interest” amendment to the Communications Bill. Currently, the bill allows non-EU companies to buy commercial broadcasters ITV or Five and lifts the ban on newspaper proprietors owning channels. That would open the market to Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., which owns […]

  • The Affair

    The Debate Over 'The Affair' Star Ruth Wilson's Awkward Exit (Column)

    Filmmaker David Puttnam, who opposes relaxing U.K. media ownership rules, proposed Tuesday night a “public interest” amendment to the Communications Bill. Currently, the bill allows non-EU companies to buy commercial broadcasters ITV or Five and lifts the ban on newspaper proprietors owning channels. That would open the market to Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., which owns […]

  • Mayans MC

    TV Review: 'Mayans M.C.' on FX

    Filmmaker David Puttnam, who opposes relaxing U.K. media ownership rules, proposed Tuesday night a “public interest” amendment to the Communications Bill. Currently, the bill allows non-EU companies to buy commercial broadcasters ITV or Five and lifts the ban on newspaper proprietors owning channels. That would open the market to Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., which owns […]

  • Ruth Wilson

    'The Affair's' Ruth Wilson Stays Mum on Controversial Exit

    Filmmaker David Puttnam, who opposes relaxing U.K. media ownership rules, proposed Tuesday night a “public interest” amendment to the Communications Bill. Currently, the bill allows non-EU companies to buy commercial broadcasters ITV or Five and lifts the ban on newspaper proprietors owning channels. That would open the market to Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., which owns […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content