Broadcasting Bill

The Broadcasting Bill, expected to be published at the end of the month, is likely to endorse the proposals of former Heritage Secretary Stephen Dorrell. Dorrell believed newspaper companies with less than 20 per cent of national circulation should be able to own television companies, subject to a limit of 15 per cent of the total television audience. It is believed Dorrell's successor Virginia Bottomley agrees with the plan, which would exclude the two biggest press groups – News International and Mirror Group – from terrestrial television interests.