Media think-tank for UK

James Purnell, the UK's culture secretary, has announced a new convergence think-tank made up of experts from both inside and outside government. The first task of the think-tank will be to organise a series of public looking first at how to secure open markets and empower consumers. It will move on to look at the future of public service broadcasting later in 2008.

Purnell was unveiling his vision for broadcasting at the Cambridge RTS convention, and outlined three main goals: to secure an open market and find ways of deregulating while increasing competition; to secure 'universal access' to distinctive and high-quality content; and to address looming questions around content regulation.

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