Public Service Broadcasting/Media

Greek media in disarray

Maria Kyriakidou, lecturer at the University of East Anglia and researcher on the Euro Crisis in the Press project, discusses a new report on Media Policy and Independent Journalism in Greece and explains the current challenges for Greek media.

There is perhaps no other field that better illustrates how deeply ingrained clientelism is in Greek political culture than the media sector. […]

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    The EC’s Digital Single Market strategy: implications for territorial licensing of audio-visual rights, geo-blocking and public broadcasting

The EC’s Digital Single Market strategy: implications for territorial licensing of audio-visual rights, geo-blocking and public broadcasting

The European Commission published its Digital Single Market strategy today. One of the key priorities this sets out is to prohibit unjustified ‘geo-blocking’ – practices and technologies which prevent access to online services located in other Member States, such as streaming of audio-visual content. In relation to audio-visual services, this policy – which content providers fear will undermine their business […]

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: 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 […]

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    Scrutinising the scrutineers: European Scrutiny Committee, BBC, and EU bias

Scrutinising the scrutineers: European Scrutiny Committee, BBC, and EU bias

Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media and Journalism in the School of Arts at Brunel University. In this post he asks whether the BBC’s editorial independence is under threat due to the European Scrutiny Committee repeatedly accusing it of a pro-EU bias.

In 2013 the European Scrutiny Committee produced a report in which it argued that “given the possibility of some form of […]

Future of BBC should not be left to this committee of MPs

Steven Barnett of the University of Westminster explains why he believes the new report from the Commons Select on Culture, Media and Sport on the future of the BBC is flawed.

With the BBC’s Charter due to expire at the end of next year, and the coalition reluctant to start the consultation ball rolling so close to May’s general […]

A big moment for the BBC but not quite yet

LSE Professor Charlie Beckett looks at the new Future of the BBC report from the Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published its report on the future of the most important news media organisation in the UK – the BBC. It’s a journalistic and cultural institution with significance around the globe. […]

Would cutting the BBC licence fee benefit the consumer?

Davide Morisi, a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, compares data on public service media funding and viewership in Europe and discusses the implications for the BBC licence fee.

With the approaching general election and a new charter due in 2016, the BBC is facing troubling months. “Colossal scrutiny” is expected from politicians, as Director General Tony […]

New Research: How to save the 2015 televised debates

Just as the UK’s Prime Minister takes a strong position on televised debates LSE’s Nick Anstead announces his new research concluding that the format of any 2015 UK debates should follow Canadian and German models in order to recognize the regional dynamics of British politics and that the general election selects both the executive and legislature.

David Cameron’s ultimatum about […]

Devolving media regulation: The Smith Commission proposals

Telecommunications researcher Ewan Sutherland argues that the Smith Commission’s proposed devolution solutions for media regulation are messy proposals that create redundant unaccountable positions and ignore important regulatory bodies. 

The Smith Commission has reported on enhanced powers for the Scottish Parliament, though some are still being transferred under the Scotland Act 2012. The major UK political parties have accepted its recommendations and […]