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In my evidence, I said in paragraph 56 that I didn't recall any policy discussions during my period in office concerning cross-media ownership. I should add: I wrote most of my evidence travelling in Singapore, Japan, Zambia and elsewhere, and I had completely forgotten the Broadcasting Act 1996.

The Broadcasting Act 1996 was largely to herald in the digital age. We could foresee what was coming, and broadcasting legislation needed to be updated. But incorporated in that were some proposals on cross-media ownership, and there was a limitation, if I remember correctly, written into the bill that papers that had over 20 per cent of circulation should be restricted to 20 per cent of terrestrial television, by which we meant at the time ITV and Channel 5, and that was actually incorporated in the legislation, and I should have included it in my evidence and I did not.

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