`Euro-regulator' idea panned

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`Euro-regulator' idea panned

EUROPE's telecoms and television firms should continue to be controlled by national bodies rather than a "Euro-regulator", Don Cruickshank, the outgoing director-general of telecoms watchdog Oftel, said yesterday. Mr Cruickshank has advocated existing regulators be scrapped and replaced with bodies controlling the structure and content of all telecom, television and computer firms. Mr Cruickshank said it would be "unhelpful and impractical to have a single Euro-regulator taking decisions on important cultural issues like public service broadcasting and `taste and decency' issues."

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