Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment One 5000 word essay  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will:

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of issues of current concern in the broadcasting industry, as well as an awareness of Academic Broadcasting research


To familiarise students with the institutional and commercial structures and imperatives which condition the production and dissemination of the broadcasting media in the UK today.
To consider the development of devolution within the UK, the process of Europeanization, the effects of globalisation and mergers on the industry as well as the impact of new technology.


Students will analyse the core principles upon which the industry was founded and examine how the industry has evolved with a particular regard to the ideology of broadcasting in different contexts; methods and systems of funding the industry; commissioning and scheduling; regulation and regulatory bodies; the relationship between the industry and audiences.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Abercrombie, N (1996) Television and Society Polity Press Primo search Crisell, A (1999) An introductory History of British Broadcasting Routledge Primo search Curran, J Seaton, J (2003) Power Without Responsibility Routledge Primo search Graham, A and Davies G (1997) (1997) Broadcasting, Society and Policy in the Multimedia Age University of Luton Press Primo search MacCabe, C and Stewart O (eds) (1986) The BBC and Public Service Broadcasting Manchester University Press Primo search O'Sullivan, T et al (1997) Key Concepts in Communication and Cultural Studies Routledge Primo search Papathanassopoulous, S (2002) European television in the Digital Age Polity Primo search Stokes J and Reading A Broadcasting in Britain: current debates and developments Routledge Primo search Williams, R (1990) Television, Technology and Cultural Form Routledge Primo search Reports available at DCMS website and EC and Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7