Media Diary: Who regulates video content?

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The regulator you've never heard of – ATVOD (that's the Association for Television on Demand) – is making a land-grab.

It has written to newspapers claiming £2,900 apiece for the benefit of its regulatory advice on video content shown on their websites. Failure to pay, ATVOD claims, amounts to a contravention of the Communications Act. But hang on a moment, isn't regulation of newspaper websites already being done by the Press Complaints Commission? The PCC chairman Baroness Peta Buscombe (below) needs to watch out or the whole principle of self-regulation of the press will be undermined and her already under-fire body will find itself even more marginalised.

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