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Television And Radio Programmes (Publication)

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps using his powers in relation to monopolies, to facilitate the publication of advance television and radio programmes by newspapers and other periodicals.

No. The policies and practices of the British Broadcasting Corporation and of Independent Television Publications Ltd. of limiting the publication by others of advance programme information have already been investigated by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. In a report published on 11 September 1985 the Commission concluded that these policies and practices did not operate against the public interest.