Digital & Social Media – Broadcasters -vs- Google

Channel 4 chief executive Andy Duncan has joined Michael Grade in attacking Google, branding its failure to invest in UK content creation unfair.

Just weeks after the ITV executive chairman called the search engine a “parasite”, Duncan told Broadcast it was time Google started “giving back” to create a level playing field with broadcasters.

He said: “Google takes more ad revenue out of the UK than ITV makes and it is not regulated. It isn’t fair that it’s not reinvesting that back into content and independent film production companies in the UK.”

Culture secretary Andy Burnham has indicated the government is keen to step up regulation of the internet and new minister for communication, technology and broadcasting Stephen Carter is considering the issue in his Digital Britain review.

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