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:Ofcom ’s latest media literacy bulletin is now available at:
As required by sections 351 and 353 of the 2003 Communications Act Ofcom has completed change of control reviews in respect of the Channel 3 regional licensees in the ITV plc group, Channel 5 and GMTV. The changes of control arose from the merger of Granada and Carlton in 2004; the acquisition by ITV plc in 2004 of shares in GMTV previously held by Scottish Media Group; and the proposed acquisition by RTL in 2005 of shares in Five currently held by United Business and Media. The reviews conclude that no specific action is required as a result of these changes of control. The full reports can be found online at:
Ofcom has published a statement setting out the reasons for the award of ten new community radio licences on 5 September 2005.