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What did the Public Service Broadcasting Forum achieve?

The Public Service Broadcasting Forum, timed to coincide with the BBC's strategy review, is now closed. Here, the editor looks back on how the forum helped shape the media landscape. He argues that it is now time for a holistic approach to media reform – welcoming in our new debate, Power and the Media

News Corp's bid for BSkyB is a threat to British cultural expression

News Corp's bid for full ownership of BSkyB not only threatens the plurality of news provision in the UK. The expansion of Murdoch's empire would further distort the cultural environment in Britain, by increasing the dominance of American, second-hand content over domestic production

A Scandal at the heart of British government

Rupert Murdoch's News of the World has admitted that it illegally hacked into the phones of the famous and powerful, after years of denial. The really important story, however, is what this reveals about the corruption of state power in the United Kingdom by a global media conglomerate.

Refuse the Met's demand for footage - An open letter to the BBC

An open letter to the BBC calling on them to mount a strong defence of the confidentiality of its journalists’ material and sources in response to the Met's demand for footage.

UK regulator's Sky News deal will weaken media plurality

Sky News is a respected, trusted and high quality news provider in a UK television market dominated by the BBC. The regulatory agreement by which NewsCorp can take full control of BSkyB as long as it effectively divests itself of Sky News jeopardises this valued news service. A detailed version of this argument can be read here

NewsCorp BSkyB settlement says more about failures at Ofcom and BBC dominance than problems with Murdoch

The asymmetry of the UK's regulatory treatment of NewsCorp and the BBC needs examination. This paper was prepared for a media-law seminar at the LSE convened by Damian Tambini. A summary of the author's position can be read here.

Mubarak’s thugs make a mockery of media neutrality

Media reporting of today's events in Cairo plays into Mubarak's hands and betrays the journalists risking their lives to expose the violence perpetrated by the regime.

A press fit for the purpose?

Despite the Internet's growing significance as vehicle of freedom of expression, public service broadcasting and the printed press will remain for some time the visible face of the watchdog on power. In western Europe, the traditional media need to prove they are still capable of performing this role, writes Judith Vidal-Hall.

The Media on Miliband: Yesterday's Newsnight revealed much about the media's attitude to Labour's leader.

Some political journalists are like weather vanes – they indicate the direction in which attitudes among the pack and the political class are blowing, and hardening into established opinion. Gavin Esler’s interview with Alistair Darling on Newsnight was revealing for what it told us about the media view of Ed Miliband.

Is it time for Murdoch's empire to be reined in?: A fascinating debate on News Corp's bid to take over BSkyB

Is this the moment to halt the expansion of Richard Murdoch's media empire in the UK? An OurKingdom post, which presents the media mogul's bid for full ownership of the country's most powerful commercial broadcaster as a threat to our democracy, has sparked an urgent debate between the author, Oliver Huitson, and David Elstein, an influential figure in the British media industry.

Take Two Steps Back: A Society Gets the Journalism it Deserves

We should not mourn the passing of the newspaper or the decline of public service broadcasting, but ask instead what function they performed and look to see whether we are in need of a similar system in the new world. If there is no niche to fill then we should pause before we try to create one in the new information ecosystem.

Media power: Murdoch, the web and the BBC, as seen from the USA

The openDemocracy debate continues as Todd Gitlin responds to oD's Anthony Barnett and the Guardian's Alan Rusbridger, reporting on the effects of Fox and his fears that the web won't be able to restore a media the public can trust

Can Murdoch be stopped? Britain examines its stable door

As with Italy, it is not just the failure to maintain public standards that damages the nation. A foreign media tycoon wields staggering power and control over British politics and yet, so shabby has public life become, that even the pretence of integrity seems too much effort for the political class to muster.

The Web Estate: a response to Alan Rusbridger

The Guardian’s Editor-in-Chief, Alan Rusbridger has published an important online overview of the ‘Fourth Estate’, and invited this response from Anthony Barnett, whose latest thoughts on the press, public service broadcasting and the BBC, the future of the web, Rupert Murdoch and democracy, argue the need for an underview

World news coverage evaporating in the UK

A new report shows that British media horizons are shrinking

Is Channel 4 News doing Osborne's dirty work?

The rhetoric and tone of a recent Channel 4 News piece on local council spending is more reminiscent of the Tax Payer’s Alliance than a quality public service broadcaster.

Nation to nation: the problem of speaking for Britain

The BBC's flagship politics show, Question Time, gives an insight into the closed elitist mindset of the metropolitan political classes and their cultivated ignorance towards the nature of the UK.

The Media, the crisis, and the crisis in media

The financial crisis and a series of aggressive wars have demonstrated beyond doubt how prevailing forms of media ownership in the west serve to buttress the power of elites and marginalise alternatives to the status quo. A system of public commissioning, which gives citizens the power to decide which issues are the subject of journalistic investigation, has the potential to reframe the terms of debate and make policy-making more democratic and accountable.

The Death Knell for the Licence Fee?

The freeze to the BBC licence fee announced on Wednesday was a defeat for viewers and listeners, for BBC staff, for the independence of one of our most respected institutions, for the principles underlying the licence fee and for the whole of public service broadcasting.

LGB on the BBC

A recent report shows a loud but persistent minority are uncomfortable with the portrayal of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in programmes aimed at child audiences on the BBC. Tom Wicker argues that the on-screen lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people need to consist of more than confrontation and crisis if this is to change.

What should we do about Murdoch?

It is understandable that people are fearful of Murdoch's power over the media, but there is no real justification for Vince Cable to intervene in News Corp's takeover of BSkyB.

At last regional news is sexy!

British local media is in trouble, we need a much more lively and intelligent approach than just government cuts and schemes imported from the US

What can we learn from Mad Men?

The attacks on US market provision of high-quality programming by defenders of the BBC, exemplified by Steve Barnett's response to David Graham's Adam Smith Institute paper, are misguided and misleading. Despite differences between the US and UK, we still have much to learn from US TV, argues David Elstein.

The Culture Media and Sports Committee question BBC Annual Report and Accounts

Michael Lyons, Mark Thompson and Zarin Patel before the Culture Media and Sports Committee

Knotty independence: who guards the BBC

The Director General of the BBC was photographed coming out of Downing Street with notes about how the national broadcaster will cover the government's unpopular spending cuts. To understand the BBC's reaction, you need to think of it as a business

Mark Thompson's MacTaggart lecture: a response

Mark Thompson's MacTaggart lecture was a blinkered attempt to skewer Sky while ignoring the BBC's own culpability in the crisis of investment in public service broadcasting, argues David Elstein.

The battle for quality: Mark Thompson's MacTaggart lecture

Mark Thompson responds to critics at the James MacTaggart memorial lecture.

A familiar assault on the BBC: a response to David Graham's report for the Adam Smith Institute

The Adam Smith Institute and the wider right could never palate the success of any publicly funded institution, so their latest reports' prescriptions for the BBC come as no surprise, argues Steven Barnett.

S4C's mute allies

After a drubbing in the press, the Welsh-language TV channel S4C needs champions's world cup paunch

The BBC's world cup website, while excellent, made a mockery of the Strategy Review's promises of sensitivity to market concerns and the pruning of online services.

Trinity Mirror cuts and the crisis in media

An exchange between a Cardiff academic and the editor of South Wales's Western Mail raises fascinating questions about how newspapers should respond to market pressures and how professional journalism can be protected when the industry is in crisis.

Unholy Trinity: The decline of Welsh news media

Trinity Mirror’s business model has already caused serious decline in the Welsh news media, but how much worse can things get?

Hunt's silence on public service broadcasting

Plans for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport set out yesterday completely miss the plot when it comes to public service broadcasting. Continuing a theme, DCMS Minister Jeremy Hunt puts his faith in a Stakhanovite effort from the commercial sector once media regulations are revised, and fails to address the crisis in the provision of public service broadcasting, argues David Elstein.
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