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    How the TV debates were organised in #GE2015 and their impact: the full story

How the TV debates were organised in #GE2015 and their impact: the full story

I wrote the chapter on broadcasting for the Cowley/Kavanagh Election 2015 book. Here is the section on the negotiations that led to the TV ‘debates’ and their impact – for the full chapter and the authoritative record of all aspects of that campaign, get the book here!

By Charlie Beckett, Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE and director […]


A recipe for a right-wing assault on public service media?

This article by Dr Bart Cammaerts, of the LSE Media and Communications Department.

While the announcement of the BBC to mothball the BBC Food site seems at first to be a somewhat trivial decision, it proved to be highly controversial and in the mean time the BBC backtracked in the face of public consternation. In fact, this announcement was, however, […]

May 17th, 2016|Media|0 Comments|

Public Service Broadcasting in the Modern Age

This article is by LSE MSc student Jae Aron.  She previously worked as a political consultant for Democratic campaigns in Washington, DC. Follow her on Twitter @Jae_Aron

Public broadcasting is on red alert.

Since the 1920s, the BBC has been hailed as the cornerstone public broadcasting in the UK and around the world. But a controversial ‘Green Paper’ could fundamentally alter public broadcasting […]


This new noise: the extraordinary birth and troubled life of the BBC (book review)

This is the story of a start up that uses a new technology to create one of the age’s biggest media organisations  that within a couple of decades goes on to be a world-beating brand worth £5 billion a year. How should that organisation take its founding values into the digital era and an age of global competition and technological shocks?

The […]

June 5th, 2015|Media|0 Comments|

The most stage-managed election campaign ever

This article was first published by the Political Studies Association as part of an excellent collection of post-election analysis that covered media and political communications aspects of the campaign. I heartily recommend it as a collection of serious but readable instant analysis by academics without too much partisan hand-wringing etc.

This election campaign was almost irrelevant to the fundamentals of […]