The biggest issue for media policy in the UK in 2017 is Brexit, and during the coming months this blog will feature a number of posts on that topic as the government’s Article 50 strategy becomes more clear. In this first post of the year, Damian Tambini looks instead at some of the purely domestic issues that will dominate […]
UK Culture Minister John Whittingdale just launched a public consultation on the Government’s Green Paper on the BBC Charter Renewal. LSE’s Damian Tambini gives his initial response, voicing concern about the implications of the government’s vision for the BBC’s independence.
More than 15 years ago, a former colleague at the LSE Professor Richard Collins called it the ‘Goldilocks Question’. How much BBC is not […]
LSE Media Policy Project director Damian Tambini responds to Sir Alan Moses’ speech on IPSO and the future of press regulation, given at the LSE last week.
Alan Moses has offered a spirited and entertaining defence of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). As a theoretical justification of his approach to IPSO however, it is dangerous, because he proposes […]
At the Media Policy Project we are often asked for readings by those wishing to get up to speed on complex policy issues. This is why we produce our policy briefs and idiots guides. Recently, we have had several requests for briefing on press regulation. As we will be taking a break until 18 August, in a departure from our usual short […]
Media Policy Project Director Damian Tambini calls on the board of the new press regulator, IPSO, to reform it fast or resign. Journalists have been imprisoned in the UK in the past weeks and more are to be sentenced. This is a sombre moment, and one in which it would be hoped that the newspaper industry and civil society might resolve to reach […]
In the coming weeks the new press regulator IPSO will unveil its board and officially launch. We can also expect an announcement about the Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter to audit the new system of newspaper self-regulation. Those expecting to finally see the implementation of Leveson’s reforms are likely to be disappointed, however, argues Damian Tambini. Back in January, when I looked forward to the development of press […]
Since 2010, LSE MPP director Damian Tambini has been working on a 60 country study of media policy around the world. He was recently commissioned to write a global overview of public service broadcasting for the project. As the UK Parliament’s Inquiry on the BBC packs its bags for a mission to study PSB in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, he reflects […]
Now is the time in the political cycle when the main parties are writing their manifestos. So what could go in the media policy sections? The Media Policy Project does not have a partisan position. I here offer my personal view of some of the potential policy commitments that parties should consider. Only policies that cost nothing or that generate funds […]
In 2009, David Cameron announced in his famous “Bonfire of the Quangos” speech that “Ofcom as we know it will cease to exist,” and in particular that it would be stripped of its policymaking function. Cut to 2014 and the regulator seems to have survived the first wave of austerity cuts in robust health. Ofcom CEO Ed Richards gave this exclusive […]