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    This connect’d Isle – UK progress towards a networked society

This connect’d Isle – UK progress towards a networked society

As an input into the Ofcom strategic review of digital communications, Plum Consulting prepared a study for BT on outcomes and policy in the UK. Brian Williamson, partner at Plum, outlines the main findings.


In the UK questions are being asked about progress in delivering on the promise of a networked society, whilst in Brussels the European Commission has raised […]

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    BT and Broadband: Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications

BT and Broadband: Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications

Ofcom’s consultation on their Digital Communications Review closes on 8 October. It will shape the development of digital infrastructure for the next decade and beyond, and have a massive impact on the private companies that provide it. Ofcom could recommend a major shift in the competition framework that has made the UK a leading e-commerce market with low prices, […]

Media Plurality in the UK: Where Do We Go From Here?

Chris Dawes, an industry veteran and Senior Visiting Fellow at the LSE,  analyses the Government’s recent response to the report into media plurality by noting the challenges of measuring plurality, examining possible next steps for Ofcom, and arguing that competition law and public interest assessments may prove to be the key tools in regulating media influence.  The Government published on […]

A Personal View from Colette Bowe

At the Oxford Media Convention, Damian Tambini interviewed Dame Colette Bowe, the outgoing Chairman of the board of Ofcom. This is an edited extract from that interview. Damian: Why didn’t Ofcom renew your contract? Colette: Ofcom wasn’t asked to renew my contract. When I was appointed, which was on a five year renewable contract, I should have seen that for […]

Media Policy and the Party Manifestos – Some Ideas

Now is the time in the political cycle when the main parties are writing their manifestos. So what could go in the media policy sections? The Media Policy Project does not have a partisan position. I here offer my personal view of some of the potential policy commitments that parties should consider. Only policies that cost nothing or that generate funds […]

Ed Richards Exclusive Interview: Ofcom’s Role in Media Policy

In 2009, David Cameron announced in his famous “Bonfire of the Quangos” speech that “Ofcom as we know it will cease to exist,” and in particular that it would be stripped of its policymaking function. Cut to 2014 and the regulator seems to have survived the first wave of austerity cuts in robust health. Ofcom CEO Ed Richards gave this exclusive […]

Farewell to a Year of Friction & Happy Holiday Wishes to All

With best wishes for the new year from Damian Tambini and Sally Broughton Micova and the rest of the LSE Media Policy Project team.    

The past year has been a busy one for the LSE Media Policy Project and a contentious one in media policy. We covered the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, which has […]

Media Plurality Series: Is Ofcom’s “Share of References” Scheme Fit for Measuring Media Power?

Kicking off our joint Media Plurality Series with the Media Power and Plurality Project, University of Westminster’s Steven Barnett argues that the “share of references” method of measuring media power is not sufficient.  At the heart of any discussion about plurality and media ownership lies the concept of power: for democracy to function properly, the exercise of power over public […]

Launch of New Media Plurality Blog Series

Since the publication of the Leveson Inquiry report just over a year ago, the formation of a new self-regulatory body for the press has dominated the policy debate about its implementation. However, Inquiry proceedings and the report’s recommendations also highlighted another important area for policy reform: the control and measurement of media plurality and ownership.

Although outside the limelight, policymakers […]

Public Service Broadcasting in the Age of the Meerkat

On 23 October, I delivered a keynote lecture to the Royal Television Society entitled: Public Service Media in the age of the Meerkat. This is an edited extract of the lecture, which drew on research for the Open Society Foundation’s Mapping Digital Media project. Around the world the audience and revenue figures do not show as precipitous a crisis of public […]