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

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 impression on present reforms. whereas coverage and reform debates concentrate on possession and keep watch over measures, this booklet argues that such measures can't be thought of in isolation from different regulatory tools, and holistic regulatory technique is needed. As such, content material legislation and festival law also are thought of. Underlying the research is the rivalry that a lot of the coverage informing pluralism and variety law, even if making connection with the significance of the media's position within the democratic approach, has been skewed through a futile specialise in the several regulatory therapy of the clicking and broadcasting that's adversely influencing present coverage debates. The publication argues varied technique, utilizing the general public sphere proposal, has to be followed and used as a degree opposed to which regulatory reform within the altering media surroundings might be assessed. Broadcasting Pluralism and variety is the 1st ebook to check coverage and regulatory measures in terms of the promoting of media range within the jurisdictions of the united kingdom, US, and Australia.

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There are a growing number of community broadcast licences, especially in radio. Pay television and the Internet also provide Australians with choices for their news and information requirements. Australia can no longer rely on the current ownership regime to provide the kind of flexible, innovative and responsive legislative framework that our dynamic communications situation requires to ensure its continued strength and sustainability. 1 As the Minister states, Australia is only one of a number of countries which have been engaged in reviewing their media regulatory framework, particularly in relation to rules prescribing the level of media ownership and control which is permitted.

United Kingdom Whilst sharing similarities with the US and Australian broadcasting systems, the UK system is also markedly different. The contrast can be seen most clearly in its long-standing commitment to public service broadcasting, a set of principles which has influenced the structure and content of both the public and private freeto-air sectors of broadcasting, and which, in turn, has led to close regulatory supervision of broadcasting. Even now, after major reform of UK broadcasting, the influence of public service broadcasting can still be observed.

Freesat enables viewers to access free-to-view digital services via satellite delivery, but without the necessity of taking out a subscription. 42 This includes stations available in analogue and being simulcast, as well as stations being transmitted only in digital. 43 Like television, terrestrial radio services are provided by the BBC and by a commercial sector, with a mix of local, regional, and national services. 45 The first community radio licences were awarded in 2005. Community radio services, which must be non-profit-making, are designed to provide community access, catering for either a community area or community interests, and to be broadcast over a limited geographical range.

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