UK seeks government-backed regulator for press
According to a report by Bloomberg , Apple will push to expand iTunes Radio to the UK and Canada by 2014 places where, in its thirteen years of operation, Pandora has yet to enter the market. In addition to those two markets, Bloomberg sources said the Cupertino company is looking to expand its radio offerings to Australia and New Zealand which will directly challenge Pandoras presence in those countries. There is also a possibility that a presence will be established in Nordic countries around the same time. Bloomberg said the key to this expansion plan is a valuable partnership Apple has forged with Vivendi SAs Universal Music Group and other record labels that secure international rights for music. Subscribe to gigaom.com While iTunes Radio is certainly a threat to Pandoras listener pool, the company has yet to see Apples fledgling feature make a dent in overall listeners. Pandora released its September statistics last week , which showed positive gains in both monthly active users and listening hours. However, since iTunes Radio launched on September 18, its likely that a more complete picture of its effects on Pandoras 72.7 million listenerswill surface in the coming months. Apples gambit on iTunes Radio continues to be aggressive. In an AP story ,Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said the company wants to bring the streaming service to more than 100 countries a greater penetration than European streaming company Spotifys audience of just 35 countries. Of course, its likely that the overall success of the program will dictate when and how it will expand over time, but it seems that Apple will continue to be persistent in bringing its latest feature to new markets. Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:
The revelations shocked the country, but there’s been little consensus on how to make sure the problem never resurfaces, and one critic of government regulation said Miller’s endorsement wasn’t the final act in the battle between politicians and the press. “It’s still very much up in the air,” former tabloid editor and media commentator Paul Connew told The Associated Press. “It’s not the end of the game yet.” The government, acting on the recommendations of a judge-led inquiry into the scandal, is proposing to establish a regulator with the power to impose hefty fines and order apologies and corrections. The watchdog is intended to be independent of both the press and the government, a tricky balancing act which officials have tried to perform by setting up a complex membership process involving a board, an appointments committee, and a recognition panel. Many journalists argue the system still places too much power in the hands of officials, and are instead pressing for a form of self-regulation. The debate over the relative merits of the two systems has been running for months, but Miller said the government-backed regulator was the one that officials on Britain’s Privy Council had chosen. The Privy Council is an interdepartmental body whose roots stretch back to medieval times. In a nod to concerns expressed by journalists, she said that some of the rules governing the watchdog would be reconsidered although she didn’t go into detail. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get this right,” she told the House of Commons. “We all want it to be the best we can do to give individuals access to redress whilst safeguarding this country’s free press, which forms such a vital part of our democracy.” It isn’t clear what happens if Britain’s media barons decide they still won’t accept the watchdog. The Spectator, a right-leaning magazine, said late Tuesday that it was still opposed to any form of government regulation, which it called “deeply illiberal.” Connew said the reaction from others in the British media world should be watched closely. “What are they going to do if the press says, en masse, ‘No deal’?” he said. “The next 48 hours are going to be very interesting.” @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module.