Communications Review

Committee on Convergence Kicks Off with Big Policy Questions

Will media convergence require a much more far reaching shakeup of media regulation than the government’s Communications Review is countenancing? The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has begun its investigation into the public policy implications of media convergence.  Coincidentally I was giving evidence the same day that my pamphlet ‘The End of Press Freedom’ was published by […]

Committee, Government Diverging on Convergence?

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications begins taking oral evidence next Tuesday in its Inquiry on Media Convergence and its Public Policy Impact. It is a broad inquiry, attempting to take in some of the high level issues that the Communications Review and the Leveson Inquiry are unwilling, or unable, to cover. It proposes to cover very […]

Benefits of the Internet for Musicians and Fans are Under Threat

Former radio music promoter and LSE Alum Helen Charles warns that some of the digital era’s creative and economic benefits are under threat and could be lost if artists and fans are not attentive and involved in policy debates about music and the digital economy.

Back in 2001, when I started working as a radio plugger, we would send music […]

Net Neutrality – the voluntary transparency code

Having trouble using BBC I-player with your broadband package? ever wondered why Skype was cutting out? The question of net neutrality (whether ISPs should be permitted to discriminate between different forms of content they carry) has been one of the biggest telecoms issues in recent years. Some countries, such as the Netherlands have passed legislation to protect the free […]

What will the Reshuffle Mean for the Communications Review, Leveson and Local TV?

David Cameron’s first major cabinet reshuffle has placed conservative MP Maria Miller at the helm of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as former minister Jeremy Hunt moves on to head the Department of Health.

The appointment, which was announced yesterday, has elicited mixed feedback from mainstream media. Some welcome the ‘fresh pair of eyes’ at the DCMS, while […]

Communications White Paper: The Deregulation Bandwagon is on the Road

Des Freedman from Goldsmiths, University of London, responds to DCMS’ Comms Review seminar arguing that the consultation runs the risk of cementing deregulation as the preferred policy approach.

‘Open and competitive markets support growth and further the interests of citizens and consumers’ reads the opening line of the accompanying paper to the DCMS’ Competition in Content Markets seminar. But purposeful regulation can […]

Draft Communications Data Bill Lacking Evidence Base and Detail

While it is clear that the UK Home Office is seeking to protect the public by ensuring that the communications data necessary to achieve this aim are available to public authorities, the evidence base for the draft Communications Data Bill is very weak.

In the evidence I submitted to the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill I adress […]

DCMS Comms Review: Seminar One

 Roger Darlington, member of the Communications Consumer Panel and author of the blog CommsWatch laments the little progress made in the 14 months since the launch of the Comms Review.

Over a year ago now, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) launched a Communications Review – a wide-ranging examination of Government policy in an area central to the […]

Is Leveson ‘Fit and Proper’ to deal with Media Ownership – the response

Following our post a couple of weeks ago, the Leveson Inquiry continues to struggle with its terms of reference and the particular question of whether it should make recommendations on media ownership. Leveson himself chose yesterday  (at 94-103 minutes) to ask Ed Miliband whether he could avoid making detailed recommendations on the controversial topic. The Judge, perhaps seeking political cover for a possible […]

Communications Green Paper – what is going on?

So the Government has announced that the Communications Green Paper – originally promised for December – has been scrapped, and that there will be a series of seminars followed by a White Paper setting out legislative proposals in early 2013. What is going on, and how does this relate to Leveson and media plurality?

The themes of the seminars continue […]