News Burst: Super-regulator to shake up media

New media superpower could replace Oftel and oversee entire media industry

The future of all electronic media looks likely to be shaken up with the arrival of a super-regulator to be dubbed "Ofcom" which will have powers to investigate all broadcasting and telecommunications companies.

The communications white paper due to be published Tuesday will chart the "third broadcasting revolution" in which all electronic media, from email to television, will fall under the jurisdiction of a single multimedia regulator.

It is hoped the new regulator will dissolve the current "alphabet soup" of watchdogs such as the Independent Television Commission and the Broadcasting Standards Council.

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