British Broadcasting Legislation

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British Broadcasting Legislation

  1. 1. Media Debates British Broadcasting Since 1990
  2. 2. The Legislation <ul><li>Peacock Committee 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcasting Act 1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcasting Act 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Communications Act 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>The Hutton Enquiry 2004 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Peacock Committee <ul><li>Retain the licence fee as a least worse option and indexed to inflation </li></ul><ul><li>ITV franchises put out to tender </li></ul><ul><li>Allow not less than 40% of production done by independents </li></ul>
  4. 4. Broadcasting Act 1990 <ul><li>Set up the ITC and streamlined regulation with a ‘lighter touch’ than before </li></ul><ul><li>Allowed for a fifth terrestrial channel </li></ul><ul><li>Restructure of ITV franchises (confusingly this is often called de-regulation) </li></ul><ul><li>Restructure of radio especially in commercial radio </li></ul><ul><li>Some see this as the beginning of the ‘dumbing down’ of TV </li></ul>
  5. 5. Broadcasting Act 1996 <ul><li>Further restructuring of regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Allowed for the introduction of digital terrestrial TV </li></ul><ul><li>Regulation of digital radio broadcasting </li></ul>
  6. 6. Communications Act 2003 <ul><li>Set up Ofcom </li></ul><ul><li>Allowed for greater community radio </li></ul>
  7. 7. Hutton Enquiry 2004 <ul><li>Led to the resignation of Greg Dyke the DG of the BBC </li></ul><ul><li>Accused BBC journalists of underhand tactics </li></ul>

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