By Lesley Hitchens
Taking an ancient technique, Broadcasting Pluralism and variety argues that early coverage and regulatory judgements relating to broadcasting proceed to have an important effect on present reforms. whereas coverage and reform debates specialize in possession and regulate measures, this ebook 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 legislation, even though making connection with the significance of the media's function within the democratic technique, has been skewed through a futile specialize in the several regulatory therapy of the clicking and broadcasting that is adversely influencing present coverage debates. The e-book argues assorted technique, utilizing the general public sphere idea, has to be followed and used as a degree opposed to which regulatory reform within the altering media atmosphere will be assessed. Broadcasting Pluralism and variety is the 1st ebook to check coverage and regulatory measures when it comes to the merchandising of media range within the jurisdictions of the united kingdom, US, and Australia.
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Htm, accessed 19 October 2005. 29 DCMS, ‘Digital Switchover Statement by the Secretary of State’ (21 July 2005), http://www. html, accessed 21 August 2005. Currently DTT is able to reach only 75% of the population, but switching off the analogue signal should ensure that the population reach of digital matches what is currently available under analogue: Ofcom, The Communications Market 2005 (July 2005), 184. (B) Hitchens Ch1 16 25/10/06 17:10 Page 16 Introduction and BBC Two, which are also simulcast.
However, the debate over the different treatment of broadcasting and the press has tended to skew consideration about what should be the appropriate policy and regulatory approach if the media are to provide a space for public debate. This is a matter which is explored further in Chapter Two. Media ownership regulation has been a central element of media policy. But it is not the only regulatory measure designed to promote pluralism and diversity, although it is certainly the measure which receives most attention, and where the recent moves for reform 5 See EM Barendt, Broadcasting Law: A Comparative Study (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1995), 3–10.
Nevertheless, reference to the press will be made from time to time as a discussion of broadcasting policy and regulation inevitably draws in the press to some extent. Moreover, by referring only to ‘broadcasting’ in the title, it is not intended that the study will ignore what might for now be conveniently referred to as the ‘new media’. The new media are an important element of the debate over how broadcasting should be regulated, and a consideration of what impact they have on pluralism policy and regulation cannot be ignored.
Broadcasting Pluralism and Diversity: A Comparative Study of Policy and Regulation by Lesley Hitchens