Media convergence

Media convergence : 2nd report of session 2012-13, report

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This report from the House of Lords Communications Committee says that recent discussions on media regulation have tended to miss the bigger picture and vital issues have largely been left out of the debate. Media convergence includes: newspapers are no longer just printed on paper, but also have websites with up-to-the-minute information, including videos which look like TV; broadcasters beam signals to TV aerials or satellite dishes but also have websites carrying articles which can look more like a printed page; and TV programmes can be viewed whenever is most convenient for the viewer. The Committee believes that these changes are profound and that the regulatory framework is inadequate.The Committee recommendations include: the Government must ensure that forthcoming legislation is drafted in such a way as to enable flexibility to adapt to an ever changing media environment; new technologies and behaviours are evolving more quickly than regulatory protections and so action is required to ensure a safer environment for content; Ofcom should conduct research into what UK audiences expect in terms of the standards of internet content available through digital intermediaries such as internet service providers (ISPs) and search engines; the Government should conduct a comprehensive review of public service broadcasting (PSB); consideration must be given to the BBC's economic impact, how this might best promote the public good and what action should be taken to ensure the prominence of PSB is maintained; Ofcom's competition powers should be clarified, but the hurdle for intervention should be high.
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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 203.2 x 300 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • col. figs
  • 0108550583
  • 9780108550584