* Actor Grant lobbies EU to tackle UK media moguls
* EU rules should restrict media market share, he says
By Claire Davenport
BRUSSELS, June 26 Actor Hugh Grant continued his
crusade against Britain's tabloid newspapers on Tuesday when he
called on European Union regulators to restrict the influence of
media moguls such as Rupert Murdoch.
Grant has been part of a backlash against Britain's tabloids
and even turned the tables on the industry by taping a
journalist admitting malpractice.
The British actor spoke on Tuesday after a meeting in
Brussels with the EU's top media regulator, Neelie Kroes.
"Europe in our dreams would help us to restrict ... the amount
of a certain media that you could own," he said.
"Otherwise you have these big corporations dictating our
The British press has been rocked by scandal after Rupert
Murdoch's News of the World admitted some of its journalists
hacked into mobile phone voicemail messages on a regular basis
to generate stories.
The admission led to the closure of the newspaper and
prompted the government to launch a public inquiry into media
Grant said his "fantasy" would be to have rules restricting
the market share a media company could command, but that he
doubted the British government would address the issue.
The actor, who starred in hit films Notting Hill and Four
Weddings and a Funeral, became a butt of tabloid jokes when he
was caught by Los Angeles police with a prostitute in 1995.
There is no pan-European regulation specifically governing
media market share. The EU's existing competition law covers all