Module Identifier TFM0220  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Miss Elin H G Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Thomas P O'Malley  
Course delivery Other   14 contact hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 5,000 words  100%
Further details For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at  

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


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.


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.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Crisell, Andrew (1997) An Introductory History of British Broadcasting Routledge
Stokes, Jenny and Reading, Anna (1999) Broadcasting in Britain: current debates and developments Routledge
Curran, James and Seaton, Jean (1997) Power Without Responsibility (5th edition) Routledge
Graham, Andrew and Davies, Gavyn (1997) Broadcasting, Society and Policy in the Multimedia Age University of Luton Press
O'Sullivan, Tim et al. (1997) Key Concepts in Communication and Cultural Studies (2nd edition) Routledge
MacCabe, Colin and Olivia Stewart (eds) (1986) The BBC and Public Service Broadcasting Manchester University Press
Abercrombie, Nicholas (1996) Television and Society Polity Press
Williams, Raymond (1990) Television, Technology and Cultural Form Routledge
Reports available at DCMS website and EC and
Papathanassopoulos, Stiliyanos (2002) European Television in the Digital Age Polity


This module is at CQFW Level 7