Media Policy

From fee to mutual? What kind of BBC do you want to emerge from Charter Renewal?

If the BBC is such great value then why do we have to take 180,000 people to court every year to make them pay for it? In answering that question we soon get into a discussion about how public service broadcasting should be financed and what role it has in relation to the increasingly convergent media industries. That is a […]

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A massive moment for media and politics in Britain

The ‘feral beasts’ of the Westminster press corps are quite rightly chasing the political fall-out of the News of the World closure and the continuing phone-hacking scandal. Coulson, Cameron, Brooks, Murdoch - who did what, when and who knew? But the bigger story is the proposed review of the whole relationship between the press and power.

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Periodismo, redes y la nueva política interconectada

For Spanish readers here is the beginning of an article I wrote on the new networked political journalism for Estudios de Politica Exterior. You can download the article here as a pdf Internet y la telefonía móvil han dotado a los ciudadanos de nuevas herramientas de expresión y activismo político. Desde las revueltas árabes los medios de comunicación tradicionales han […]

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PERPETUAL ENGAGEMENT: The Potential And Pitfalls Of Using Social Media For Political Campaigning (A new POLIS paper)

We live in an age where the citizen feels increasingly sceptical about and disconnected from those people who run our lives. Paradoxically, this is also an era when the communicative power of new media technologies mean that the potential for interaction between voter and politicians has never been greater. In this new POLIS report, to be launched at our Media […]

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Social media and democratic governance: the next decade (Wilton Park paper)

These are the notes for a presentation I gave as part of the Wilton Park conference on ‘media, social media and democratic governance’. This has been an extraordinary period for news and also for the way that news is created and consumed. I think that we see some substantial trends emerging are more than passing fads or exceptional circumstances. I […]

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Who Are We Fighting The Information War With?

This is the first of a couple of blogs stimulated by a visit to POLIS/LSE by members of Hillary Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft team, the digital diplomats from the State Department. Hillary Clinton’s internet advisor Alec Ross gave a compelling speech at POLIS LSE in which he set out a positive but realistic agenda for global digital democracy. But there […]

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Should Hunt take Ofcom's advice and refer the BSkyB bid? (guest blog)

City University’s journalism school held one of their excellent half-day ‘speed-dating’ conferences on media plurality in the light of the Newscorp/BSkyB merger issue. We had our own session just before Christmas. I couldn’t make it, but my colleague Dr Damian Tambini went – here’s his report. Ofcom’s analysis of the implications for plurality of the proposed merger between News International […]

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Egypt: A Case for Net Neutrality? (guest blog)

Amidst the coverage of Egypt’s Internet shutdown, a question frequently raised during last term’s POLIS Media Dialogues series seems increasingly relevant: how can Information & Communications Technology companies (ICTs) uphold their commitment to protect customers’ freedom of expression when this right conflicts with the legal restrictions of their foreign licenses? POLIS Intern Beth Lowell reports. When asked this question during his POLIS […]

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What Can Murdoch Offer Hunt To Get His BSkyB Deal? (Guest blog)

This blog by my colleague Damian Tambini sets out in detail the options for horse-trading between the Minister and Murdoch. But it also explores whether this is an opportunity for a broader settlement that seeks to address the wider problem of  plurality. It first appeared on the LSE Media Policy Project blog.

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Governing In The New Media Age: Prime Ministers meet the Web pundits (WEF at Davos)

The only way we are going to forward the transparency agenda is if we can bring together the powerful with the new mediators. We need to put Prime Ministers and leading business folk in the same room as activists like Ushahidi and pundits like Clay Shirky, Jonathan Zittrain and Jeff Jarvis. That’s exactly what happened at Davos. I am chair […]

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