Three ways to evade Dorrell's controls
Wednesday 24 May 1995
l The simplest way is to invest in media that are not covered by legislation. That means multimedia, the whole range of new-age products and services promised along the information superhighway. Mr Dorrell deliberately left these out, hoping to encourage further investment here.
l You could avoid the ownership restrictions by establishing ingenious links between companies. For example, you could have two kinds of shares in your joint venture, some with voting power and some without. The firm most vulnerable to the ownership rules could take the non- voting stock and reap the dividends none the less. Alternatively, commercial alliances could allow partners to corner a larger market share. You could always go into partnership with a continental European firm that doesn't already fall foul of the rules.
l If it's television you're after, Mr Dorrell has left you a big loophole. Terrestrial television may be off-limits, but cable and satellite are wide open.
Perri 6 and Mathew Horsman
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