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Broadcasting 1

  1. 1. Broadcasting 1 Checking and moving on…
  2. 2. <ul><li>Which are the six main broadcasting groups in the UK? </li></ul><ul><li>Which are publically funded? </li></ul><ul><li>Which operate terrestial services? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Answers <ul><li>BBC </li></ul><ul><li>ITV (largely owned by who?) </li></ul><ul><li>BskyB </li></ul><ul><li>Channel 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Channel 5 </li></ul><ul><li>VirginMedia </li></ul><ul><li>Which two are publicly funded? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Just checking…. <ul><li>What percentage of the population can get channel 5? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the principle behind public service broadcasting? </li></ul><ul><li>Whose name is attached to the principles of PSB? </li></ul><ul><li>What sets the service requirement for BBC channels? </li></ul><ul><li>ITV, Channels 4 and 5 have their licences and agreements set by what organisation? </li></ul>
  5. 5. More answers <ul><li>Channel 5 can currently be reached by 88% of population (text says 80%) </li></ul><ul><li>Public service broadcasting should Inform, Educate and Entertain </li></ul><ul><li>Lord Reith is the man associate with this principal? </li></ul><ul><li>BBC service requirements set by the Charter and Agreement </li></ul><ul><li>ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 controlled by </li></ul><ul><li>Of Com </li></ul>
  6. 6. Publisher broadcaster or Producer broadcaster? <ul><li>What is the difference? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the BBC? </li></ul><ul><li>How have things changed since 1990? </li></ul>Makes it own programmes and broadcasts them or commissions them from others. Since 1990 the BBC is both. Since broadcasting Act of 1990, 25% of programmes should be commissioned by independent producers Also don’t forget Hat Trick, Endemol, etc (independent producers)
  7. 7. BBC <ul><li>Operates special versions of BBC1 and BBC in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 11 English regions. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Multi channel broadcasting <ul><li>Apart channels from BskyB and Virgin, how have BBC, ITV and Channel 4 contributed to the growth of multi-channel TV? </li></ul>BBC 3, BBC4, Cbeebies, etc E4, More4, Film4, etc
  9. 9. Multi channel TV (see report) Until recently, multi channel available on subscription - through cable and satellite. Satellite has been much more successful than cable - though Virgin has taken over many smaller cable companies and is a more serious competitor Digital information can be compressed leading to many more channels carried on smaller space - contributing to growth of multi-channel TV After failure of ITV Digital, BBC took over service and it became Freeview which has revolutionised the interest and service - nearly 10 million homes have Freeview access.
  10. 10. The mixed schedule
  11. 11. Mixed Schedule 2 <ul><li>Public service channel traditionally have a mixed schedule… </li></ul><ul><li>BBC 1 and ITV aim at a general audience </li></ul><ul><li>Channel 4 and BBC aim at broad audiences and niche groups too </li></ul><ul><li>Recent criticism - BBC and ITV moving less popular, more informative genres to margins </li></ul><ul><li>Channel 4 given remit to cater for tastes and interests not on ITV - in form and content. </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting Edge, Unreported World during peak viewing. </li></ul><ul><li>Push boudaries of taste and attitudes to sexuality, humour, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Recently criticised for being too mainstream (US imports) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Channel 5 <ul><li>Most recent terrestial channel - started in 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Began with reputation for tacky TV shows </li></ul><ul><li>“… .more than just films, football and f***ing!” Dawn Airey, one time controller </li></ul><ul><li>Change in attitude - now more Arts programmes, quality US imports. </li></ul><ul><li>Multi channel - Fiver and Five USA </li></ul><ul><li>Dropping audience share (4.6% in June 2008) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Genre TV <ul><li>PSB broadcasters have a diverse schedule - mixed genres </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly use of mixed genre shows (Ready Steady Cook - cookery or Game show?) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-PSB can focus on one or fewer genres (SkySports, Dave, UKGold, etc) What are the advantages, disadvantages of genre TV?) </li></ul><ul><li>Have you used your schedule list to look at TV genres - in terrestial TV programmes especially. </li></ul>

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