Communications Review

European Broadcasting Union: Seeking an alternative to licence fee funding?

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 […]

In Other News: Government to take PSB review powers from Ofcom?

Whilst most media policy watchers were scratching their heads over the new ‘Royal’ Charter proposed by some newspapers to derail Parliament’s Leveson proposals, the Government has announced a consultation on Ofcom reform.

This leads to a peculiar situation: Whilst  newspaper groups have been at the barricades against what they mistakenly see as regulation by politicians, there has been no such […]

Lorna Woods: Reviewing the Communications Review

As part of the ongoing discussion surrounding the Communications Review, Lorna Woods, Professor and Associate Dean of Research at City Law School, City University London, explains which areas of communications regulation are being given the most attention, and which areas should be given more.

The current government has long promised us a review of the Communications Act 2003, but with […]

Media Policy in 2013

One of the things the Media Policy Project aims to do in 2013 is provide much more information on future policy consultations, decisions and challenges. Here are some tasters that were discussed in a brainstorming workshop we held at the LSE with officials from Ofcom, the European Commission and academic experts.

DCMS will publish a Communications White Paper, outlining […]

Media Pluralism in Europe: Signs of Progress

Mark Thompson of the Open Society Foundation Media Program reviews a landmark report on media pluralism.

The High-Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism (HLG) was set up in October 2011 by Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. The HLG was charged to provide “recommendations for the respect, the protection, the support and the promotion of pluralism and freedom […]

Is it Game over for Team Delaunay?

If Paul Dacre is the unchallengeable and dominant Alex Ferguson of British Newspaper Editors, Alan Rusbridger is probably Arsene Wenger:  flashes of brilliance and an attractive style, but underperformance in the premier league of UK print sales. This would make James Harding Jose Mourinho: a great leader, but swiftly replaced when there is a difference of opinion with the […]

Credible Threats? Self-Regulation in the Shadow of the State

Leveson thinks that seven national convulsions over press regulation are enough. His proposal is for a ‘grand bargain’ with the press to ensure we never find ourselves in this situation again.  In order to understand Leveson’s plan to break the cycle, we need to ask exactly why the dance of threat and bluff between Parliament and the media recurs so cyclically, and why […]

Leveson Report: Analysis

 Damian Tambini

The most radical proposal in the Leveson report is it’s response to the so-called  ‘Desmond Problem’ – namely that media owners such as Richard Desmond can decide simply to leave a voluntary system of self-regulation. It is Leveson’s proposal to solve this problem with legislation that has sent newspaper owners and the PCC into a tailspin, even though […]

A New Style Public Interest Defence in Libel Law?

Andrew Scott from London School of Economics and Alastair Mullis of the University of East Anglia make the case for an alternative approach to the public interest defence in libel cases.

An interesting proposal has slipped quietly into the mix for consideration during the House of Lords Committee stage deliberations on the Defamation Bill. During the Second Reading debate, Lord Lester […]

Should children’s internet use be filtered? Multi-stakeholder prudishness impedes open deliberation

Around one in three European parents say that they use filtering tools for their child’s computer; one in three is worried about what or who their child may encounter on the internet. But these are not necessarily the same people – parents are more like to use filters if they are themselves regular or confident users; this suggests that […]