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Freedom, regulation and control in the british introduction

  1. 1. Freedom, regulation and control in the British Press <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul>
  2. 2. Should the British press be controlled? No control over the British press Total control over the British press What arguments can you add to this debate?
  3. 3. Tabloids and Broadsheets <ul><li>Tabloids - most popular with soundbite news and popular entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Broadsheets – most popular with high income earners so popular with advertisers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some interesting facts to think about <ul><li>The Mirror group own 43% of newspaper publishing </li></ul><ul><li>News International owns The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The News of the World, the TES and the TLS. Rupert Murdoch is the chairman of the company. </li></ul><ul><li>Northcliffe Media have a portfolio of 113 newspapers, including daily, local and free with a combined readership of over 7 million. </li></ul><ul><li>65% of people over 15 read a daily newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>70% read a Sunday paper </li></ul>
  5. 5. Broadsheet format <ul><li>Daily Telegraph (conservative) </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Times (economically liberal) </li></ul><ul><li>The Sunday Times (centre-right) </li></ul><ul><li>The Guardian/The Observer (left-wing) </li></ul><ul><li>The Independent (liberal) </li></ul><ul><li>The Times (centre-right) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Middle Market papers <ul><li>Daily Express - conservative </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Mail - conservative </li></ul><ul><li>Metro </li></ul><ul><li>Tabloids </li></ul><ul><li>The Daily Star – right wing </li></ul><ul><li>The People – left of middle </li></ul><ul><li>The Daily Mirror – left of middle </li></ul><ul><li>The Daily Sport </li></ul><ul><li>The Sun – populist – right wing </li></ul><ul><li>The Morning Star – nominally associated with the British Communist Party </li></ul>
  7. 7. 90% of international news published comes from the “big 4” Western news agencies <ul><li>UPI (United Press International) - gets 80% of its funding from US newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>AP (Assosciated Press) - survey in 80s showed 71% coverage is devoted to USA, 9.6% to Europe, 5/9% to Asia, 3.2% to Latin America, 3% to the Middle East, 1.8% to Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Reuter </li></ul><ul><li>AFP (Agence France Presse) </li></ul>7
  8. 8. <ul><li>The inhabitants of developing countries should be allowed to take part in USA presidential elections as they know just as much info about the candidates as US citizens - Former Tanzanian President </li></ul><ul><li>Is this an example of Imperialism? </li></ul><ul><li>( A policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.) </li></ul>8 8
  9. 9. Debate <ul><li>Does the Press have too much power? </li></ul><ul><li>Argue for or against regulation… </li></ul>9
  10. 10. Current Regulation <ul><li>At present we still have a free press in Britain, which means that there is no censorship of news, government inference or controlled licences that can be removed. There is no special law regarding regulation of the Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think that the press should be controlled? If so how? By who? What should be protected? What could be published? </li></ul><ul><li>Create a list of rules that you think should exist for the British Press. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Plenary What is the most important thing you have learnt this lesson? Write down two other issues/facts that you have learnt this lesson.