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  • 1990 Boradcasting Act led to the setting up of more local and commercial radio stations.
  • by 2007, three major radio stations had swallowed the smaller station.
  • 1980s saw a boom in cinema going
  • Thatcher removed government subsidies and promoted the 'free market' by removing the 25% tax break for investors in films.
  • British film industry relied on American financial backing.
  • The Governement of 2000 increasingly used Lottery funding to support the British Film Industry.
  • Murdoch increased the power of newspaper owners and reduced editorial freedom .
  • Under Thatcher, freedom of the press was eroded and goverment controls increased.
  • Spin - 60% of news were 'wire copy' and only 12% of stories based on reporter research.
  • 75% of the press supported Thatcher and Conservative.
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  • In 1945, 90% of the population read a newspaper; 95% read a Sunday paper.
  • Newspapers increasingly focused on 'human interest' stories.
  • BBC held a monopoly and focused on rasing educational and cultural standards, 'songs of praise', presenters were upper class and dressed smartly.
  • 90% of homes had wireless.
  • Americanisation of culture came through the influence of radio e.g swing fuelled dance halls.
  • Radio 3 only attracted 2% of listeners
  • On sunday's people switched to pirate stations to avoid religious programmes.
  • Films such as 'The Blue Lamp' reaffirmed what was acceptable in society.
  • In 1960s films such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning championed alternative lifestyles.
  • In the late 1950s attendance figures fell by two-thirds.
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Rock and Roll

    • Programmes such as Six-Five Special were directed at teenagers and attracted 10m viewers.
  • Television coverage accelerated the adoption of teenage fashions such as the teddy boy, mod or rocker.
    • Tabloid papers identified stars such as Bill Hayley to boost circulation; led to 'fan mania'.
  • Tabloids portrayed stars as responsible for the decline in standards; Sex Pistols provoked.
  • Coverage of clashes between mods and rockers were sensationalised.
    • Pirate stations emerged in 1964 such as Radio Caroline.
  • BBC governors viewed spending license fees on youths as a waste of money.
  • Radio merely responded to youth market that was already there.
    • Films such as Blackboard Jungle promoted the image of music and rock and roll.
  • Films targeted the teen market e.g Girls! Girls! Girls!
  • Films cashed in on existing stars rather than promoting rock and roll music
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Permissive Society

  • There were hard-hitting and controversal dramas such as Up The Junction.
  • TW3 challened social hierachy and attracted 12m viewers.
  • 'cathy come home' was broadcast two weeks before shelter was set up, but did not influence the creation of the charity.
  • Tabliods became critical of politicians; Profumo Scandal in 1963.
  • Arrival of colour supplements, however newspaper circulation fell by 15% in 1951-70
  • 'New Wave' became significant for its portrayal of depressing realism of everday life of working class families.
  • Cinema content became more gritty and reflected sexual relationships outside of marriage; Saturday Night Sunday Morning.
  • In 1955-63 half of cinemas closed.
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  • Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles relationship & marriage
  • Princess Diana's interview in 1995 Panorama & publication of Andrew Morton's Book
  • Princess Diana's Death in 1997Press attention given to Prince William & Harry after the death of Princess DianaPress coverage given to birth of royal children since WW2
  • "Annus horribilis" was how the Queen called 1992 in her Christmas message
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Undermining Authority: Politicians and Police

  • 1944 BBC agreement of the '14-day rule', but 1956 BBC and ITV had become frustrated with this rule and began to work was around it.
  • Private eye and TW3 paved the way for politcal scandal
  • Spitting image, with labour MP Roy Hattersley spitting everywhere.
  • Tory 'sleaze' in the Press about them taking bribes of £2000 for each question they answered on behalf of Mohammad Al-Fayed.
  • Daily Telegraph's exposure of the expenses scandal
  • In 2001, the Sun was told the date of general elections before the Queen.
  • Public relations disaster of 'It's a Royal Knockout'
  • The Sweeney showed the police in a positive light as they almost always caught the criminal, however, Dispatches: undercover copper exposed problems in the force.
  • In 2005, the Met shot a 27 year old Brazilian man in the head mistakenly believing he was a suicide bomber.
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Sex before Marriage

  • 1983, 40% of people thought sex before marriage was wrong.
  • in 2003, this had dropped to 20%
  • In the 1970s-1980s, 90% thought sex with someone other than your partner was wrong.
  • In 1960, Romatic magazines such as Boyfriend fell out of favour, with the rise of sexually orientated magazines such as Honey.
  • In 1980s and 1990s, magazines such as More, became even more explicit with sexual advice.
  • Mid-1990s, there was a rise in sexual men's magazines such as Loaded.
  • In 2000s, there was a rise in sexualised adverts and tv programmes such as Skins.
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  • In 1950s and 1960s, they were related to espionage due to media stories surrounding the Cambrdige Spy Ring after 1951
  • in 1963, 93% thought homosexuals were ill and needed medical treatement.
  • 1970s, leading stars such as David Bowie and Elton John admitted being homosexual; Elton John admitted to being gay in the early 1990s.
  • Films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral had popular gay characters.
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