Public Service Broadcasting/Media

Could Scotland’s broadcasting be devolved?

Ewan Sutherland takes an in-depth look at the Scottish Trades Union Congress’s proposal for Scottish broadcasting to be devolved, considering the regulatory implications and the likelihood that this might go ahead.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has proposed to the Smith Commission that broadcasting be devolved, with item 7.6 of its statement reading: “The Scottish Parliament to be given […]

The citizen interest – still a thorny problem for Ofcom

LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and University of Leicester’s Peter Lunt, authors of Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers, look at Ofcom’s new report: Citizens and communications services and outline four ways Ofcom can meet its obligations under the 2003 Communications Act to better grasp citizens’ interests. 

Clause 3 of the 2003 Communications Act states: “It shall be the principal […]

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    We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates

We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates

Among a number of political ramifications, the recent UKIP by-election success in Clacton has raised tough questions about the organization of televised debates during the 2015 general election campaign. LSE’s Nick Anstead looks to Germany and Canada for more inclusive models that the UK could follow.

UKIP now has representation in Westminster, is consistently polling between 10 and 20 per […]

Denmark passes new media policy agreement

In June 2014, Danish lawmakers passed a new media policy agreement for the period 2015 to 2018. Henrik Søndergaard, Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen and a member of the MeCETES team, a research project exploring contemporary European film and television drama, reports on the content of the new agreement and what it means for Danish public service […]

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    Information Can Change Opinions: What that means for Scottish independence

Information Can Change Opinions: What that means for Scottish independence

Davide Morisi is a Phd researcher in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence and an LSE alumnus. His research focuses on public opinion and political behavior. He shares the findings from his latest study on the effect of information on voting intentions at the Scottish independence referendum.

With just a couple of […]

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    Mapping Digital Media Series: Public Interest and Commercial Media – Digital Trends

Mapping Digital Media Series: Public Interest and Commercial Media – Digital Trends

After nearly 3 years of intensive research across 56 countries the Open Society Foundation released the cross cutting, global findings from its Mapping Digital Media Project last week. In the latest post in our series on this project, Carlos Cortés, digital policy advisor for the Program on Independent Journalism, offers some analysis and recommendations based on the report. 

The digitization of the media landscape is neither the Holy […]

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    Philip Schlesinger: ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’ Changes Are Coming to Scottish Broadcasting

Philip Schlesinger: ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’ Changes Are Coming to Scottish Broadcasting

Philip Schlesinger, Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the LSE, argues that proper attention has not yet been paid to broadcasting under an independent Scotland, but regardless of whether the vote is a yes or no the time is ripe for Scotland to lobby for […]

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    Mapping Digital Media Series: New media & news – Measuring the Impact

Mapping Digital Media Series: New media & news – Measuring the Impact

After nearly 3 years of intensive research across 56 countries the Open Society Foundation has just released the cross cutting, global findings from its Mapping Digital Media Project. OSF’s Marius Dragomir and Mark Thompson introduce our new series covering the report’s findings.

It gets harder every day to remember the analogue world: information poverty, public inertia, Olympian gatekeepers of one-way news output. The […]

Spectrum Policy in an Independent Scotland

Telecommunications researcher Ewan Sutherland argues that the Scottish Government has thus far failed to address many of the key spectrum regulation issues necessary to support a thriving cultural industry if the referendum vote is a yes. The Scottish Government claims last November’s White Paper answered all questions. However, in the areas of communications policy and regulation it raised many more questions […]

The Future of the BBC: the Burning Issue of Diversity Behind & on Screen

Some heated discussions in the UK Parliament’s ongoing Inquiry into the Future of the BBC have highlighted the continued problem the broadcaster has with representing the country’s minority groups. LSE’s Shakuntala Banaji and Myria Georgiou argue that the problem is not just an issue of training individuals, but needs to be considered in the context of prejudice in society and structural barriers. […]