British Broadcasting


Why broadcast?

1. To provide information

2. Enrich people’s lives culturally

3. To create economic activity

1+2 = public service philosophy
3 = commercial philosophy

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Public service broadcasting principles

1. The airwaves belong to the public, and those using them must do so in the public interest

2. Broadcasting is central to daily life and should serve a range of needs and tastes

3. Commercial interests should not compromise the broadcaster’s output.

Two ways of doing this: Set up a public company (BBC) funded by the public, or lease the airwaves to commercial companies but ask for PSB commitments in return through regulation (ITV, Channel 4)

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Additional Facts

  • Cannot say anything you like; 9pm watershed, can’t show things harmful to the interests of children
  • News and current affairs – not allowed to be biased, MUST be impartial
  • Quotas on numbers of repeats/home produced material allowed
  • Remits that require a diverse form of cultural broadcasting
  • Certain sporting events need to be broadcast on PSB, e.g World Cup England matches
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