Public Service Broadcasting/Media

Reimagining, not diluting the BBC in the next decade

Continuing our series of posts responding to the BBC Charter Review Green Paper, Michael Klontzas of the University of Huddersfield looks at the latest developments from a longer term perspective, arguing that the BBC is increasingly being used by governments as an instrument of public policy and that this has a significant impact on its core purposes.

Following last Thursday’s […]

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    BBC Charter Green Paper: Inside the bizarre logic of the BBC review

BBC Charter Green Paper: Inside the bizarre logic of the BBC review

Des Freedman of Goldsmiths, University of London responds to the BBC Charter Review Green Paper, wondering it came to be that ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ should be a major symbol of the debate, and analysing the different measures of ‘value’ that various parties have used to judge the institution.

Who would have expected that one of the central debates about the future of the […]

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    BBC Charter Green Paper: Now is the time to decide what kind of BBC do you want?

BBC Charter Green Paper: Now is the time to decide what kind of BBC do you want?

Following the publication of the BBC Charter Review Green Paper,  Richard Sambrook of the University of Cardiff argues that it presents a clear choice and now the British public should express what kind of BBC it wants.

There is now a clear choice following the publication of the British government’s green paper into the future of the BBC.

Universality and market failure: two different […]

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    BBC Charter Green Paper: Where will Children’s TV be in 10 years’ time?

BBC Charter Green Paper: Where will Children’s TV be in 10 years’ time?

Responding to the Green Paper on the BBC Charter Review presented yesterday by the government, University of Westminster’s Jeanette Steemers points out that this announcement is an opportunity to make sure the BBC meets the needs of the UK’s children.

We are frequently told that children’s programming sits at the ‘heart of the BBC’s remit’ (see PACT submission to BBC Trust Public Value […]

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    BBC Charter Green Paper: Unprecedented threat to BBC’s future

BBC Charter Green Paper: Unprecedented threat to BBC’s future

In his response to the Green Paper on the BBC Charter Review, Steven Barnett of the University of Westminster argues that the vision the paper sets out would severely limit the BBC’s freedom to be popular and result in a small, unloved broadcaster.

Today’s Green Paper on BBC Charter Review represents the biggest threat to the BBC’s scale, influence and […]

BBC Charter Green Paper: Goldilocks and the BBC

UK Culture Minister John Whittingdale just launched a public consultation on the Government’s Green Paper on the BBC Charter Renewal. LSE’s Damian Tambini gives his initial response, voicing concern about the implications of the government’s vision for the BBC’s independence. 

More than 15 years ago, a former colleague at the LSE Professor Richard Collins called it the ‘Goldilocks Question’. How much BBC is not […]

Lessons from Germany for the BBC

Since the rushed ‘deal’ between the BBC and the Government last week on the license fee, discussions -including the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry- have focused on the BBC’s governance arrangements and the process of  reviewing license fee levels. With the independence of broadcasters again under the spotlight, LSE Postgraduate Anja Noster examines the lessons that the UK can […]

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    BBC’s licence fee settlement eclipses the real problems PSB is facing in the UK

BBC’s licence fee settlement eclipses the real problems PSB is facing in the UK

The third Ofcom PSB review (‘Public Service Broadcasting in the Internet Age’, 2 July 2015) has been somewhat eclipsed in broadcasting circles by controversy over the settling of the BBC licence fee. Christopher Dawes, an LSE Visiting Senior Fellow who retired from a long career leading on media policy in DCMS, discusses the report findings and argues for looking at […]

The plight of the BBC post-intervention

Recent political developments have continued to squeeze the BBC’s budget. In this report, Enders Analysis outline the extent of the revenue loss and explore its implications.

Last Monday’s (6 July) announcement by the Secretary of State marks the second major direct intervention by government without recourse to public consultation in the financing of the BBC throughout the corporation’s history. The previous […]

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    Where is diversity in PSB? Can the BBC carry BAME viewers and producers with it?

Where is diversity in PSB? Can the BBC carry BAME viewers and producers with it?

LSE’s Myria Georgiou looks at the implications of recently released Ofcom research for the BBC and its diversity goals. Dr Georgiou developed the Council of Europe/EU sponsored self-monitoring tool for diversity inclusiveness in the media MEDIANE BOX with Mediane Manager, Reynald Blion.  

Ofcom’s recent research for its Public Service Broadcasting review reveals that more than half of black ethnic audiences feel underrepresented and unfairly […]