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Reimagining, not diluting the BBC in the next decade

Continuing our series of posts responding to the BBC Charter Review Green Paper, Michael Klontzas of the University of Huddersfield looks at the latest developments from a longer term perspective, arguing that the BBC is increasingly being used by governments as an instrument of public policy and that this has a significant impact on its core purposes.

Following last Thursday’s […]

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    BBC Charter Green Paper: Inside the bizarre logic of the BBC review

BBC Charter Green Paper: Inside the bizarre logic of the BBC review

Des Freedman of Goldsmiths, University of London responds to the BBC Charter Review Green Paper, wondering it came to be that ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ should be a major symbol of the debate, and analysing the different measures of ‘value’ that various parties have used to judge the institution.

Who would have expected that one of the central debates about the future of the […]

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    BBC Charter Green Paper: Where will Children’s TV be in 10 years’ time?

BBC Charter Green Paper: Where will Children’s TV be in 10 years’ time?

Responding to the Green Paper on the BBC Charter Review presented yesterday by the government, University of Westminster’s Jeanette Steemers points out that this announcement is an opportunity to make sure the BBC meets the needs of the UK’s children.

We are frequently told that children’s programming sits at the ‘heart of the BBC’s remit’ (see PACT submission to BBC Trust Public Value […]

Governing the gatekeepers: is formal regulation needed?

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet at the LSE. In the latest post in our series on digital intermediaries and plurality, she argues that intermediaries are influencing media production and dissemination often in ways not fully understood by policymakers, implementing policy without oversight. Regulators have been unable to keep up with the pace of change and […]

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    Pluralism after scarcity: the benefits of digital technologies

Pluralism after scarcity: the benefits of digital technologies

In this latest post in our series on the role of digital intermediaries and media plurality, Peter Barron, Google’s head of communications for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and his colleague Simon Morrison, Public Policy Manager, argue that the Internet and digital technologies have only increased media pluralism.

It seems strange, at first glance, that we still debate whether the […]

Policy Briefs

The Media Policy Project produces policy briefs that present new research relevant to current policy debates. This is an edited series that attempts to make academic research accessible and understandable to a larger audience.

Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?
By Sonia Livingstone, Damian Tambini, Nikola Belakova and Emma Goodman

Fake news: Public policy responses
By Damian Tambini

The new political campaigning
By […]

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EC and UK Communication Reviews – Where are We Going?

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 […]

Leveson Round Up: Dealing with the big questions?

This month the Leveson Inquiry began with the nuts and bolts of a PCC replacement, but then turned to the really big questions at the heart of the phone hacking scandal. The Lord Justice heard details about various models for self and co-regulation. A series of philosophers, ethicists and media scholars told the Inquiry that failings of the UK press […]

Communications Green Paper – what is going on?

So the Government has announced that the Communications Green Paper – originally promised for December – has been scrapped, and that there will be a series of seminars followed by a White Paper setting out legislative proposals in early 2013. What is going on, and how does this relate to Leveson and media plurality?

The themes of the seminars continue […]

Leveson Round-Up: Has Cameron Shifted the Goalposts?

The terms of the Leveson Inquiry are extremely broad. But they do not include holding individual ministers to account. The government asked the inquiry to make recommendations for future policy and behaviour rather than to judge on behaviour of current and past ministers, and the questions that Leveson has chosen to ask are also explicitly directed at future policy.

David […]