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 […]
The European Commission is laying the groundwork for a complete revision of the regulatory regime for European TV, following its consultation on preparing for a fully converged world. With European elections scheduled for May we have run out of time for action under this Commission, but there are now strong indications that there will be a revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive after EU […]
Former Sun Editor David Yelland commented recently that Leveson implementation had got ‘nowhere’. But between the howls of disapproval about newspapers’ failure to support a regulator on the Leveson model, campaigners such as Hacked Off have some causes for optimism in that they have won at least some of the key battles to reform press self-regulation. So what is going […]
When a new professor gives an inaugural lecture it is an occasion to reflect on the developing intellectual field they operate in, and a chance for the new hire to set out their current and future research plans and contribute to pressing public debates. Last week we previewed new LSE professor Nick Couldry’s inaugural speech. Now we can offer […]
On 23 October, I delivered a keynote lecture to the Royal Television Society entitled: Public Service Media in the age of the Meerkat. This is an edited extract of the lecture, which drew on research for the Open Society Foundation’s Mapping Digital Media project. Around the world the audience and revenue figures do not show as precipitous a crisis of public […]
The BBC entered the global on-demand services competition this week as Tony Hall made his first major speech after 6 months in the top job at the BBC.
Whilst the BBC suits were claiming evolution rather than revolution, his speech contained a lot that is radical. Like public service broadcasters around the world, the Corporation is attempting – from a […]
The current paradigm of electronic communication governance in the UK consists mainly in promoting competition to ensure that consumers can choose the services they prefer. In areas – such as public service media – where markets fail, or where an agreed public interest is thereby served, public provision or specific regulations protect key interests. Following the announcement of policy reviews both at […]
The timing of Harriet Harman’s intervention on media ownership yesterday was interesting. It came just after the House of Lords closed their call for evidence on media plurality (the deadline was last week) and one day before the Queens Speech which will set out the legislative programme for the next Parliamentary term.
This does raise questions in relation to the recommendations that Leveson […]
Is the European Broadcasting Union defending the public service licence fee or searching for an alternative to it?
At the EBU Radio Assembly in Tenerife this week Roberto Suarez-Candel and Richard Burnley of the EBU gave a glimpse into an organisation that is gearing up for some serious battles to protect Public Service Media in the face of declining audiences […]