BBC Charter Review

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    The start of a ‘distinctly political’ regulation of the BBC

The start of a ‘distinctly political’ regulation of the BBC

The BBC’s new Charter commenced on 1 January 2017 and on 3 April, Ofcom will become the BBC’s first external regulator. Jelena Dzakula, a researcher here at the Media Policy Project and a lecturer at the University of Leicester, looks at decisions have already been made, the road ahead, and potential issues that might affect how the new system […]

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    Home but not dry: reflections on the draft BBC Charter and Agreement

Home but not dry: reflections on the draft BBC Charter and Agreement

David Puttnam and Des Freedman, who led the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television, respond to the draft BBC Charter published last week.

It is a well-established trick of the policy trade that if you want to implement unpopular changes, you should threaten the worst and then compromise so that both sides can then claim success. This is […]

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    Does Theresa May really want an independent BBC? The jury’s out

Does Theresa May really want an independent BBC? The jury’s out

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at  University of Westminster, analyses UK prime minister Theresa May’s decision to effectively dismiss Rona Fairhead as BBC chair, and the implications for future BBC governance.

There are two ways of looking at Theresa May’s decision to reverse Rona Fairhead’s appointment as BBC chair, thereby effectively dismissing her. The first is benign, reflecting a genuine […]

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    Lord Puttnam: the BBC must confront a “total” loss of trust

Lord Puttnam: the BBC must confront a “total” loss of trust

Following the recent publication of a report about the future of public service broadcasting, Niki Seth-Smith talks to Lord Puttnam, the film producer and chair of the Future of TV inquiry, about the recommendations of the report and what the BBC’s role should be in Brexit Britain.

Your inquiry launched its report on the future of public service broadcasting today (Wednesday 29 […]

Is the BBC safe in Ofcom’s hands?

Ofcom may soon regulate the BBC, yet we know it already struggles to treat the public as citizens and not just consumers. Peter Lunt, Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, and Sonia Livingstone, Professor in the Media Department at the LSE, set out some of the key challenges.

The recently-published White Paper, A BBC for the future: […]

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    The BBC, the White Paper and the Future of UK Children’s Content

The BBC, the White Paper and the Future of UK Children’s Content

In advance of the launch of a new report about the funding of public service media content for children, Professor Jeanette Steemers from the University of Westminster provides a view on the recent proposals for the future of children’s TV content as set out in the Government White Paper on the BBC. The report, co-authored by Steemers and Feryal […]

A recipe for a right-wing assault on public service media?

Bart Cammaerts of LSE’s Department of Media and Communications reflects on the recent announcement by the BBC that its recipe website would be closed.

While the announcement of the BBC to mothball the BBC Food site seems at first to be a somewhat trivial decision, it proved to be highly controversial and in the mean time the BBC backtracked in […]

What is the vision behind the BBC White Paper?

Listen to a discussion organised by the Media Society about the long-term implications of last week’s government White Paper on the future of the BBC.

After weeks of rumour and speculation about an imminent assault on the BBC, the publication of the White Paper on the corporation’s future has been seen by some as anti-climactic. But while the headlines have […]

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    Is it possible to regulate broadcasting for ‘Distinctiveness’?

Is it possible to regulate broadcasting for ‘Distinctiveness’?

Founding Director of the Media Policy Project Damian Tambini offers a view on the recently-published white paper about the future of the BBC. 

In the short term the proposed system of government appointment of editorial directors is clearly a direct challenge to BBC independence, but is ‘distinctiveness’ a greater long term threat?

John Whittingdale’s White Paper on the BBC has the […]

Decoding the BBC White Paper

Des Freedman, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, reflects on the white paper about the future of the BBC which was published yesterday.

The good folk at the Cambridge University Conservative Association must be a little disappointed. Having listened to culture secretary John Whittingdale tell them only last month that the disappearance of the BBC […]