Comments on: The Murdoch MacTaggart lecture http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Rotwatcher http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/comment-page-1/#comment-6168 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 17:58:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/#comment-6168 I can’t agree with your closing argument, that the BBC is de facto “too big”. Too big for what? Too big for whom? Too big to allow Murdoch to charge us to access The Times’ feeble website? And that’s a bad thing why?

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By: PM http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/comment-page-1/#comment-6122 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 21:26:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/#comment-6122 When is the regulation/restructuring of the financial system finally going to be framed less as “the government interfering with the market” and more (correctly) as “the government protecting its citizenry from corporations that are operating in malicious and predatory fashion”?

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By: Matt Stiles http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/comment-page-1/#comment-6105 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:21:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/#comment-6105 Felix,

And how do you propose that the regulator refrain from achieving the very goal which it is intended to prevent (monopoly or oligopoly)? In Canada we have the CFTC. In order to fund itself, it must charge its subordinates a fee. This fee is a near impossibility for any new entrant in the communications industry. So all that results is consolidation and near complete monopolization.

Regulation = Protection for big industry.

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By: dsquared http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/comment-page-1/#comment-6095 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:26:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/30/the-murdoch-mactaggart-lecture/#comment-6095 Why’s the BBC “too big”? What is bad about it being the size it is, other than that other companies would like to make some money charging us for things the BBC does but can’t? What disbenefits accrue to me as a consumer from the BBC owning Lonely Planet (and presumably making money out of doing so, which goes to subsidise program making)? I don’t really grant Prince James his implicit thesis that there’s a duty for a state-owned company to be as small as possible, or that BSkyB has a right to be in businesses where it can’t provide as good a service at a lower price than the incumbent.

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