|Is media ownership transparent?|
|In law||YES FOR BROADCAST MEDIA ONLY|
Under the Broadcasting Act 1990 and Communications Act 2003 it is possible to find out who owns the broadcast media through information reported to media authority, the Office for Communications (Ofcom). The law does not state what information should be disclosed but leaves it to the discretion of Ofcom to request all the information it deems necessary. In practice this may include information on the size of shareholdings, beneficial owners and those with indirect interests and control if Ofcom requests such information.
These requirements do not apply to newspaper publishers unless the owners also hold a regional TV broadcasting licence in which case rules limiting cross-media ownership may apply. Online broadcasters are not typically regulated by Ofcom. Limited ownership information for print and online media can be obtained from the companies register (Companies House), under company law.