Singapore regulator extends its media jurisdiction

March 28, 2007
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AFP
27 Mar 07

Singapore’s media regulator said Monday it is looking to expand its jurisdiction from the traditional print and broadcast sector to include the emergence of new media markets.

The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) said it was seeking public feedback to its Media Market Conduct Code, which is under review to better address competition issues that may arise under the new landscape.

It said the code was first implemented in 2003 to regulate the market for print and broadcast media, mainly newspapers and television.

But the situation was more complex since the emergence of Internet broadband services and the convergence of telecommunications and television services, it said.

“The media landscape has changed since 2003, and a good example is the adoption of different business models by traditional and new media players,” said Ling Pek Ling, director for media policy at MDA.

“With the emergence of new media markets and the introduction of HDTV and IPTV services, it is timely for us to look at how we can update our code to meet the needs of the media industry,” she said.