General Election 2015

GE2015: Party positions on media plurality and local news

The three main UK political parties – the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour – have set out their policy priorities for the media & telecoms sectors in their party manifestos. A recent report from Enders Analysis highlights areas of convergence and divergence between them in different areas of TMT policy. Although there will be considerable policy continuity from […]

GE2015: Party positions on press regulation

The three main UK political parties – the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour – have set out their policy priorities for the media & telecoms sectors in their party manifestos. A recent report from Enders Analysis highlights areas of convergence and divergence between them in different areas of TMT policy. Although there will be considerable policy continuity from […]

GE2015: Why the BBC’s future hangs on this election

Ahead of Thursday’s UK general election, Professor Steven Barnett of the University of Westminster looks at what’s at stake for the BBC with a new government, in light of the upcoming Charter renewal process.

Within hours of the election result, we should have a clearer picture of whether the BBC will survive in its current form. With the current BBC […]

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    GE2015: What’s to be done about online pornography and kids?

GE2015: What’s to be done about online pornography and kids?

Ahead of the UK general election on Thursday, Professor Sonia Livingstone, whose work includes the EU Kids Online project and Parenting for a digital future, looks at the major parties’ manifesto promises regarding children’s exposure to online pornography.

The Conservative party promises to force hardcore pornography sites to implement age-verification and age-restrictions for all users, to keep kids out. […]

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    GE2015: Party positions on the BBC Charter renewal and licence fee

GE2015: Party positions on the BBC Charter renewal and licence fee

The three main UK political parties – the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour – have set out their policy priorities for the media & telecoms sectors in their party manifestos. A recent report from Enders Analysis highlights areas of convergence and divergence between them in different areas of TMT policy. Although there will be considerable policy continuity from […]

GE2015: Party positions on the EU and Digital Single Market

The three main UK political parties – the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour – have set out their policy priorities for the media & telecoms sectors in their party manifestos. A recent report from Enders Analysis highlights areas of convergence and divergence between them in different areas of TMT policy. Although there will be considerable policy continuity from […]

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    Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal?

Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal?

Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and a founding member of the Media Reform Coalition, looks at what the UK parties’ election manifestos say about media ownership.

In a recent article the Press Gazette pointed out that in 60% of the UK national newspaper market the election campaign coverage has been pro-Conservative compared to 33 % of […]