Communications Review

Leveson Round Up: Has He Thrown in the Towel?

Will media watchers look back on May 2012 as the month in which Leveson made two fateful moves to narrow the remit of his Inquiry?

On one hand, he openly discussed the possibility that Part 2 of his Inquiry will be watered down or abandoned. Part 2 is supposed to delve further into the extent of improper conduct and management […]

Queen’s Speech: The Promise of New Communications Data Legislation

Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media and the Internet, at the LSE, says promised legislative changes on communications data will have to be examined carefully to see if they avoid treading on citizens’ rights.

The 9 May 2012 Queen’s Speech proposes an already much discussed move to enact new legislation on communications data:

– “My Government intends to bring forward measures to […]

Digital Switchover Guru Reflects on London’s Big Day

Michael Starks, of the Oxford Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, played a key role in the digital switchover project for the BBC and then for the UK government. He went on to write a leading book and found an academic journal on the topic. As London enters the post analogue age, he reflects on the process in this […]

The Communications Green Paper: A Reform Plan for Ofcom?

Sonia Livingstone, Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, looks into Ofcom’s recent past to find clues about its future after the Communications Green Paper.

Just before coming to power in 2010, David Cameron attacked Ofcom as an “unaccountable bureaucracy”, leading to shock waves through the sector. Yet last January at the Oxford Media Convention, his minister Ed Vaizey […]

ORGCon March 24: What Are Your Digital Rights?

With so many policy discussions going on regarding Leveson, the DEA, and the ever-elusive Communications Green Paper, this is a good time to step back and reassess the role of the citizen in developing media and technology policy and whether we’re doing enough to influence the debate.

If recent attempts at pushing through communications legislation in other jurisdictions are any […]

Working out the Details on Local TV

Local TV plans are moving forward and the ball seems to be mostly in Ofcom’s court for now. At a meeting for stakeholders on 3 February, Ofcom kicked off the consultation process on the licencing of local TV, which will last until March 2012. The ideas for licencing presented by Ofcom reflect the same move towards realistic expectations that […]

Media Pluralism: The Enigma of Oxford

It was to be expected that the hacking scandal and the events culminating in the Leveson Inquiry would dominate this year’s Oxford Media Convention. However, the key word that emerged from the presentations and discussion was not ethics, or self-regulation, but media pluralism – much desired but as yet rather undefined.

In the midst of the panel on the media […]

Comms Review Series: Hypotheses on Emerging Interests and Cleavages

In this closing post in the series I will try capture some of the main emerging interest groups, issues and cleavages. This is based on my reading and the work of my colleagues, not on a systematic coding of the submissions, so the points I make should be treated as hypotheses about the submissions rather than proven claims.

Growth Agenda […]

Comms Review Series: Academics Insist it’s not all about Growth

Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt’s open letter that kicked off the Communications Review put the entire processes in the context of the Plan for Growth and industry development. The academics who responded basically reject that approach. Some state it bluntly and others demonstrate it less directly throughout their answers, but they are certainly interested in seeing the protection of citizens […]

Comms Review Series: Telecoms Seek Fair Access to Content & Insist Copyright is for Courts

Regulatory convergence was a key theme in the responses from UK network operators to Jeremy’s Hunt’s open letter that kicked off the Communications Review. The operators that responded believe that the current asymmetric regulatory approach to mobile, cable and pay TV markets has been detrimental to both new entrants and consumers. For instance, mobile operator Three drew attention to the fact that Ofcom […]