Module Identifier TFM0230  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Miss Elin H G Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Thomas P O'Malley  
Course delivery Other   20 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment One 5000 word essay100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will:


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 Lists

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

Web Page/Sites
Reports available at DCMS website and EC and


This module is at CQFW Level 7