Sky and 21st Century Fox: Proposed Merger - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:05 pm on 16th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Deben Lord Deben Conservative 1:05 pm, 16th March 2017

I thank my noble and learned friend for repeating the Statement, which will cheer a lot of us in its wording and in the commitment to high standards. Is he not also willing to accept that in a world in which we appear to be post-truth, and where there is considerable opportunity for people to create fake news, the position of broadcasters as a source of ensuring that what one understands to be true is true becomes even more important? When we talk about broadcasting standards, therefore, this now means something in our society that is a whole stage further than any consideration which we have had before. I therefore commend my right honourable friend for taking these steps, which enable so careful a consideration to take place.