Consultations Page

Keeping you up to date with ongoing consultations related to media and communications policy in the UK and Europe, the Consultations and Studies Page has the dates and deadlines you need to make sure you get involved.

Policy Briefs

The Media Policy Project produces Policy Briefs that present new research relevant to current policy debates. This is an edited series that attempts to make academic research accessible and understandable to a larger audience.

Televised Debates in Parliamentary Democracies
By Nick Anstead

The New UK Model of Press Regulation
By Hugh Tomlinson QC

Public Funding of Private Media
By Corinne Schweizer, Manuel Puppis, Matthias Künzler, and Samuel Studer

Modelling Media Ownership Limits
By Justin Schlosberg

Copyright and Creation
By Bart Cammaerts, Bingchun Meng and Robin Mansell

Nuisance Calls: A Case for Concerted Action
by Claire Milne

Regulating Media Plurality and Media Power in the 21st Century
by Rachael Craufurd Smith, Damian Tambini and Davide Morisi

Reforming the PCC: Lessons from Abroad
by Manuel Puppis, Sally Broughton Micova and Damian Tambini

Semantic Polling: The Ethics of Online Public Opinion
by Nick Anstead and Ben O’Loughlin

Reforming Consumer Representation in UK Communications
by Damian Tambini

The Emergence of a Digital Underclass
by Ellen Helsper

Media Literacy and the Communications Act – 2013 Update
Media Literacy and the Communications Act
by Sonia Livingstone and Yinhan Wang

Creative Distruction and Copyright Protection
By Bart Cammaerts and Bingchun Meng

Topic Guides

The Media Policy Project has assembled several Topic Guides as introductory guides to key issues for use by anyone involved in, or interested in, UK or EU media policy.  The documents are evolving and we welcome your suggested changes.

Children’s safety on the internet: a guide to stakeholders
by Alexandra Chernyavskaya and Sonia Livingstone

BBC Charter Review

Internet Governance
By Emma Goodman

Media Literacy in the UK and Europe

Network Neutrality

Online Surveillance

Phone Hacking & Leveson Inquiry
by Nate Vaagen, Linna Wang, Katherine Relle

Consumer Representation in Communications
By Nate Vaagen

Digital Inclusion
By Ellen Helsper and Dorota Kaczuba

Media literacy and the UK’s Communication Act 2003
By Sonia Livingstone, Yinhan Wang and Chang Li

File Sharing and the Digital Economy Act
By Dorota Kaczuba, Ben Murray, Liam O’Neill, Nate Vaagen

Media Plurality & The Case of NewsCorp’s Bid for BSkyB
By Diana Osipova & Davide Morisi

Event notes

Private seminar with Sir Alan Moses, Chair of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, 1 July 2014

Private seminar with Jonathan Heawood, founding director of the IMPRESS Project, 18 September 2014


Broadband Stakeholder Group: is and advisory group to the UK Government that includes a broad range of industry and other stakeholders interested in broadband.

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom: is an independent voice for media reform. This campaign has been working to promote policies for diverse and democratic media since 1979.

DG Connect is the European Commission’s Directorate General for networks, content and technology that is responsible for audiovisual media services, telecommunications and information society issues and implements the Digital Agenda.

Federal Communications Commission: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.

LSE’s Department of Media and Communications: The media department offers intensive, interdisciplinary graduate teaching to an international body of students through a range of postgraduate programmes, in addition to undertaking critical research based on a critical and contextual understanding of the dynamics of the emerging digital world. The department’s expertise is developed and communicated through active dialogue with academic, industrial and governmental audiences.

The Information Commissioners Office is the independent authority for upholding information rights, data protection, privacy and openness of public institutions in the UK.

MeCCSA Policy Network (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies) is an academic network aiming to join and exchange ideas with civil society – NGOs, media workers’ organisations, press freedom campaigns, consumer groups and so on – in their debates with regulators, broadcasters and Government.

Media Guardian: Includes the latest UK and world media news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world’s leading liberal voice.

Media Laws: Launched at the end of 2010, this site was founded by Oreste Pollicino, a law professor at Bocconi University and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of European and Comparative Law at Oxford University. The main part of the website is still written in Italian, but they’re gathering content in English and Spanish with the aim of addressing media, law and policy in the European context. is run by the Media Program of the Open Society Institute. The site carries original research into aspects of media policy with a strong connection to pluralism and diversity, transparency and accountability, editorial independence, freedom of expression and information, public service (public interest), and high professional standards.

Ofcom: Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.

OfcomWatch: Started in 2003 as an experiment in civic engagement in media and communications regulation and policy making, this is an equal opportunities blog with no overarching agenda. OfcomWatch aims to provide an independent, informal, non-partisan, well written, easily readable, occasionally humorous online resource.

POLIS: POLIS is an initiative of LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. POLIS is the place where journalists and the wider world can examine and discuss the media and its impact on society.

POLIS Director’s Blog: Charlie Beckett comments on international journalism, media and society.

Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) represents the citizen and consumer interests in broadcasting, and speaks for listeners and viewers on the full range of broadcasting issues. VLV maintains a helpful and current list of open consultations on broadcasting held by government, regulators and broadcasters.