TV chief calls for more liberal ownership rules
He said he could see no good reason why a television company such as Carlton should be restricted from buying stakes in newspapers. The Government is reviewing media ownership rules, examining such barriers to concentration, accepting that changes are essential if British companies are to become major international forces.
Mr Green, whose company owns Carlton TV, Central and a stake in GMTV, made his plea when giving the annual Fleming Memorial lecture, organised by the Royal Television Society, at the Royal Institution in London.
A man who eschews personal publicity, to a point where the lack of a public presence has started to damage his media ambitions, Mr Green said he recognised that 'the industry has a right to have a look and a listen, and perhaps to prod me through the bars of my cage'.
'I have no quarrel with the influence News International has achieved not only in this country but in other regions of the world. My complaint . . . is simply that successive British governments conceded News International a scale of influence and reach which they have consistently denied to anyone else. Changes in broadcasting regulation in Britain continue to move much more slowly than technology, much more slowly than the growth of media empires elsewhere in the world.'
He said it was not realistic to suppose that any government is going to compel News International to divest of any existing newspaper or satellite interests.
' I welcome the notion that newspaper companies, such as Associated newspapers or United Newspapers, the Telegraph or the Mirror should be able to buy into our business. I see no reason why we should not be able to buy into theirs.'
Mr Green said there were obvious opportunities for talented people, 'with understanding of mass communications, to work together'.
He said the present system of regulating the media encouraged an international view of ITV as a cottage industry, as insignificant as charming little thatched cottages in a world dominated by skyscrapers.
- 1 This is what the one in ten British men who pay for sex need to know
- 2 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Jeff Fletcher dead: Britpop guitarist is decapitated by lorry in horrific traffic accident
These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
Jimmy Ruffin dead: Motown legend, who wrote 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted', dies aged 78
New York snowstorm: Five dead and state of emergency declared as 'wall of snow' buries Buffalo
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Coalition government has 'shifted money from poorest to better-off' through welfare cuts and tax reductions, study claims
Benefits: Argyll Scott International: Argyll Scott is recruiting for a Permane...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + EXCELLENT: Austen Lloyd: COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SOLI...
Benefits: Argyll Scott International: Due to further expansion, a leading inte...
£27000 - £32000 per annum + training: Langley James : Senior Technician; Promo...