BBC Charter Review

Four ways John Whittingdale could wreck the BBC

In advance of tomorrow’s publication of the White Paper about the future of the BBC, Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications, University of Westminster, reflects on what the content of the Paper might be.

Is John Whittingdale the most hostile politician ever to have responsibility for the BBC? When a senior Telegraph journalist called his appointment as culture secretary “an effective declaration […]

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    The Nordic experience demonstrates why ‘distinctiveness’ downgrades the debate about the BBC

The Nordic experience demonstrates why ‘distinctiveness’ downgrades the debate about the BBC

The debate about the BBC has been dominated by the notion of ‘distinctiveness’, but does this represent a productive starting point for the debate and where does it lead us? Through the lens of a Nordic media scholar, Gunn Enli, LSE Visiting Fellow and Professor of Media Studies at the University of Oslo, reflects on the recent debates about […]

Whither public service broadcasting in Scotland?

In Scotland, the debate on the future of the BBC, and Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) more generally, has taken a specific form shaped by a longstanding demands for greater autonomy. Philip Schlesinger, Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the LSE, argues that the Scottish debate about the […]

Can the new Charter Protect BBC Independence?

2016 is set to be a significant year for the BBC, with a new settlement on the Royal Charter that underpins the Corporation’s governance and funding arrangements due to be agreed. As part of its policy work in this area, LSE’s Media Policy Project has published a number of blog posts on the topic of the Charter Review, hosted […]

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    There’s no public benefit in BBC programmes being ‘distinctive’

There’s no public benefit in BBC programmes being ‘distinctive’

Question 9 in the UK Government’s recent Green Paper on the BBC Charter review asked, “Is the BBC’s content sufficiently high quality and distinctive from that of other broadcasters?”. Patrick Barwise, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department for Media and Communications at the LSE, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, and former Chairman of Which?, provides […]

BBC Governance: Is a New Settlement Possible?

The key players in the debate about the BBC Charter have now shown their hands. The public’s voice is being filtered through a range of public consultations by Parliament, by Government and by the BBC Trust.  As part of the Media Policy Project’s BBC Charter Review series, LSE’s Damian Tambini looks at the issue of BBC governance, applying the framework outlined by Mariana Mazzucato which highlights the BBC’s […]

The Future of the BBC: the BBC as Market Shaper and Creator

Mariana Mazzucato is a Professor in the Economics of Innovation at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex, and recently became a member of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s new economic advisory committee. Here she tackles accusations that the BBC is ‘crowding out’ the broadcasting market in the UK, and offers suggestions as to how to […]

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    Is it the long-term destiny of the BBC to remain an inclusive public service?

Is it the long-term destiny of the BBC to remain an inclusive public service?

Michael Starks is an Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University and author of ‘The Digital Television Revolution’ whose main professional career was with the BBC. Here he argues that the separate policy issue debates in the BBC Charter Review process mask the core question of whether the BBC remains an inclusive public […]

Why a smaller BBC will be bad for almost everyone

Patrick Barwise, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department for Media and Communications at the LSE, Chairman of Which? and Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, explains why funding cuts to the BBC will negatively affect not only viewers at home, but also the wider creative industries and the economy. Two public consultations on the future […]

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    What if there were no BBC television? Enders Analysis on BBC TV’s impact on investment in UK content

What if there were no BBC television? Enders Analysis on BBC TV’s impact on investment in UK content

This summer, UK Culture Minister John Whittingdale launched a public consultation on the Government’s Green Paper on BBC Charter Renewal. Responding to the question on the BBC’s market impact, Claire Enders and Patrick Barwise, writing for Enders Analysis, examine the corporation’s contribution to UK content. In this second post, findings suggest that commercial media would be unlikely to invest in […]