Broadcasting Pluralism and Diversity: A Comparative Study of by Lesley Hitchens

By Lesley Hitchens

Taking an historic technique, Broadcasting Pluralism and variety argues that early coverage and regulatory judgements relating to broadcasting proceed to have an important impact on present reforms. whereas coverage and reform debates specialize in possession and regulate measures, this booklet argues that such measures can't be thought of in isolation from different regulatory tools, and holistic regulatory process is needed. As such, content material rules and pageant rules also are thought of. Underlying the learn is the rivalry that a lot of the coverage informing pluralism and variety rules, even supposing making connection with the significance of the media's function within the democratic method, has been skewed via a futile concentrate on the various regulatory therapy of the clicking and broadcasting that's adversely influencing present coverage debates. The publication argues diverse technique, utilizing the general public sphere proposal, should be followed and used as a degree opposed to which regulatory reform within the altering media surroundings could be assessed. Broadcasting Pluralism and variety is the 1st booklet to check coverage and regulatory measures in relation to the merchandising of media range within the jurisdictions of the united kingdom, US, and Australia.

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15 DCMS, Review of the BBC’s Royal Charter: A Strong BBC, Independent of Government, PP 789 (March 2005). 16 The ITC was the main regulatory body for commercial television services covering such matters as licensing, ownership and control, and content regulation. The RA had similar responsibilities in relation to radio. 17 The BSC was responsible for investigating complaints about standards of taste and decency and privacy and fairness in relation to both commercial and public radio and television services.

65 It is local 60 W Overbeck, Major Principles of Media Law, 15th edn (Belmont, CA, Thomson Wadsworth, 2004), 439–52. Licences can also be acquired through transfers, which must also satisfy the public interest standard: 47 USC § 310(d). 61 FCC, Eleventh Annual Report, In the Matter of Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming, FCC 05-13 (14 January 2005), para 77. 62 W Hoffmann-Riem, above n 8, 12. 63 About three quarters of these are radio stations.

The second tier applies to those broadcasters which are designated as public service broadcasters. 27 The second tier addresses quantitative requirements such as quotas for independent productions and regional programming, provision of news and current affairs, and schools programming. The second tier requirements apply in different degrees to the broadcasters. The third tier refers to the qualitative obligations of the public service broadcasters: in short, obligations requiring the broadcasters to provide a range of diverse and highquality programming.

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