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  • Everybody’s talking at me … is anyone listening?
    Public information during the Brexit campaign – including that provided by official civil service sources – was criticised for bias and distortion. Jim Macnamara, Professor of Public Communication at the University of Technology Sydney and a Visiting Professor at LSE’s Media and Communications Department, argues that governmental and other communications services should focus less on getting their message across, and […]
  • AVMS Review and Media Regulators’ Independence: the Dancing Procession of Echternach?
    On Monday September 26 2016 the CULT committee of the European Parliament will hold a hearing on the Audiovisual Media Services review. In its legislative proposal of May this year, the European Commission proposed introducing an obligation for Member States to guarantee the independence of their media regulators (specifying a number of independence requirements). The draft report of the CULT […]
  • Home but not dry: reflections on the draft BBC Charter and Agreement
    David Puttnam and Des Freedman, who led the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television, respond to the draft BBC Charter published last week. It is a well-established trick of the policy trade that if you want to implement unpopular changes, you should threaten the worst and then compromise so that both sides can then claim success. This is […]
  • Does Theresa May really want an independent BBC? The jury’s out
    Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at  University of Westminster, analyses UK prime minister Theresa May’s decision to effectively dismiss Rona Fairhead as BBC chair, and the implications for future BBC governance. There are two ways of looking at Theresa May’s decision to reverse Rona Fairhead’s appointment as BBC chair, thereby effectively dismissing her. The first is benign, reflecting a genuine […]
  • Facebook is a new breed of editor: a social editor
    Facebook’s approach to allowing, censoring or prioritising content that appears in the news feed has recently been the focus of much attention, both media and governmental. Professor Natali Helberger of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam argues that we need to seek to understand the new kind of editorial role that Facebook is playing, in order […]