EU Referendum Media Coverage: Narrowly focussed, press coverage skewed, television more balanced

24 05 2016

graph1-1024x512Two new studies suggest that the media coverage of the EU referendum debate strongly favours male Conservative politicians and that the press coverage is skewed towards the “out” campaign. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC gets out of the kitchen as government turns up the heat – John Jewell

18 05 2016

image-20160517-9464-1eul4b3I suppose it says a lot about our current national obsession with all matters gastronomic that the focal point of media attention concerning the BBC’s decision to “redefine” its online presence centres around the decision to take down its food website. Read the rest of this entry »





The BBC White Paper is a recipe for long-term decline – Steve Barnett

15 05 2016

WhittingdaleWant a glimpse of the culture minister’s real agenda for the BBC? Just turn to pages 112-115 of the government’s White Paper and the commissioned questions asked by the polling agency. They are very revealing. Read the rest of this entry »





Decoding the BBC White Paper – Des Freedman

13 05 2016

OfcomThe good folk at the Cambridge University Conservative Association must be a little disappointed. Having listened to culture secretary John Whittingdale tell them only last month that the disappearance of the BBC was “a tempting prospect”, they will now have noticed that his white paper on the future of the BBC is planning to do no such thing. Read the rest of this entry »





How would Brexit affect data protection, privacy and surveillance laws in Britain? – Steve Peers

11 05 2016

image-20160504-5832-11yu217Successive British governments have passed or tried to pass laws granting wide data sharing and surveillance powers, only for them to founder in the European courts due to conflicts with European directives and laws such as the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Read the rest of this entry »





Four ways John Whittingdale could wreck the BBC – Steven Barnett

9 05 2016

image-20160506-32015-x86ta3Is John Whittingdale the most hostile politician ever to have responsibility for the BBC? When a senior Telegraph journalist called his appointment as culture secretary “an effective declaration of war” on the BBC, some of us thought it excessive. Read the rest of this entry »





This isn’t public policy: the prelude to the BBC White Paper – Des Freedman

4 05 2016

PA-25302070It is hard to know whether the recent rumours about the contents of the forthcoming White Paper on the future of the BBC should be seen as light entertainment or crime drama. Three leading Sunday newspapers revealed that the government plans to interfere in the scheduling of popular programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, Silent Witness and the News at Ten. Read the rest of this entry »








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